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Heart of Portsmouth’s jam-packed show saw local clubs get their season off to a flier.

A host of the area’s outfits were in action at Charter Sports Academy as 19 exciting bouts were staged by the host club.

Newly-reformed Stacey, Titchfield, Gosport, City of Portsmouth, HOP and Waterlooville showed the depth and variety of talent on offer from different outfits.

They were joined by other clubs from as far afield as Basingstoke, Plymouth, and London, including the mighty Repton.

The manner in which the event brought together and showcased local boxers left the audience extremely impressed.

Skills bouts featured Joe Hunt, Lewis Morgan, Tadbir Ahmed and Harley Hodgetts.

Morgan took on Gosport’s Callum Pankhurst over three action-packed rounds and Ahmed met City of Portsmouth’s Sam Boiling in a rugged battle.

Southern Counties champion Hodgetts showed some clean punching against Adur’s Tom Wilson.

While national champion Joe Hunt showed his quality against Adur’s George Wilson.

Titchfield’s Ben Iles caught the eye in a tight battle with lesser-experienced HOP boxer Jesse Douglass, taking a majority decision.

National finalist Kieran Rodden stepped up two weights to meet Bideford’s Ray Penfold. But he found the leap just too much as he lost a points decision in an exciting bout.

Hampshire champion Duane Foster put on an entertaining show against Repton’s London schoolboy title holder Jake Fallon but failed to get the points decision.

Bailey Fowler made his HOP debut and lost to Adur’s Mark Potter over three frenetic rounds.

And Southern Counties champion Sam Ellwood lost a points decision with Times ABC’s Jack Warren after a gruelling duel.

Josh Wilde was also making his amateur bow and entertained the crowd on the way to a points defeat with Basingstoke’s Ross Vince in a toe-to-toe battle.

HOP boss Q Shillingford believes the event showcased what a boxing hotbed the area is.

He said: ‘This show was put on to promote amateur boxing in and around the city of Portsmouth.

‘What was good to see was all the local clubs coming together to get our boxers competing early in the season.

‘All the bouts were very evenly matched and some could have gone either way.

‘That is great and shows how strong boxing is in Portsmouth.

‘We would like to thank all the officials for all their hard work in ensuring the show was supported and ran correctly.

‘And we owe a big thank you to the HOP Coaches and volunteers who did a great job in setting up the event and running the show from start to finish.’