THE GREAT eight are searching for England Boxing Junior Championship glory today.
The quarter-final of the national competition will be crammed with local talent in Swindon.
That’s after a string of successes were chalked up in the Southern Counties final at Gosport.
Heart of Portsmouth send three boxers into action.
Billy Cable, Jack Fenton and Walid Adenas are all aiming to make the semi-final stage in class A and class B.
And Team Wiseman will be out to continue an excellent period for the club, too.
Mark Chamberlain and Lewis Dentith will both be bidding to make the next round in class A.
It’s a similar story for Moneyfields with Owen Hooper winning last time out in class B, while club-mate Joe Butler was given a walkover.
And Stacey will be represented at the Next Generation Sports Centre after Jesse Madgwick progressed in class B.
Hampshire & Isle of Wight ABA secretary, Yinka Bello, believes the number of young boxers shows the strength in depth of junior boxing talent across our communities.
Bello said: ‘Having eight boxers at this stage is obviously not bad at all.
‘They have all boxed at one stage or another to get to this point.
‘So you can’t take anything away from them at all.
‘It’s a tall order for them when they get to this point, though.
‘Anyone coming through this stage will have done very well to reach the semi-finals.
‘They are taking on the best boys in the country.
‘To have so many different clubs is a great thing, too.
‘That’s the beauty of having that many boxers at this stage.
‘They are all there by right. They have done very well to get there.
‘Now, hopefully, we can have a few more progress to the semi-finals next weekend.’
Bello, who also coaches at Stacey, was pleased to see one of his club’s boxers in Madgwick involved in the quarters.
He said: Jesse has a strong lad so we will see how he progresses.
‘This is a great experience for him.’