Titchfield clash with navy lauded as best ever

Lucas Ballinghall, left, faces Michael Dehamnia in a featherweight contest Picture: Ian Hargreaves

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TITCHFIELD’S landmark 25th annual team match with the Royal Navy has been hailed as the best in the event’s history.

The prestigious meeting saw a huge turnout for a quality night of boxing at the Portsmouth Guildhall.

From left:  Matt Castleton, Lou Stamp and Ken Charman at the Titchfield anniversary dinner and show  Picture: Malcolm Wells

From left: Matt Castleton, Lou Stamp and Ken Charman at the Titchfield anniversary dinner and show Picture: Malcolm Wells

The navy ran out winners as 750 supporters crammed into the venue and were treated to high-class action from start to finish.

A stand-out performance from the evening proved to be the highly-anticipated meeting between Moneyfields’ Josh Pritchard and ABA champion Joe McCulley.

The clash more than lived up to expectations as Pritchard got the majority decision by just a single point.

Heart of Portsmouth’s Biola Kudus also impressed in defeat, as he dropped a close majority verdict to Christian Flynn.

The tight nature of those match-ups were echoed across the evening, a testament to Titchfield matchmaker Tim Henderson.

Alex Williams was a winner for the host club against Golden Ring’s Ryan Reeves.

The John Hopkins Trophy was awarded to Basingstoke’s Jacob Gabriel, with Kieran Hughes voted top Titchfield boxer.

Titchfield coach Lou Stamp said: ‘For a small village club we are so lucky to have such a huge and loyal group of supporters. This was possibly our best-ever night.’