Boxing duo tipped for national glory

Cain Bradley
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TWO of Portsmouth’s most promising boxers have been tipped to bring home titles from the England Boxing Development Championships finals tomorrow.

Gym01 ABC’s Cain Bradley and Ahmed Adenas, from Heart of Portsmouth, both have an excellent chance of national glory in Tyne Tees and Wear.

Bradley, 20, is up against Stockport College’s Luke Connor in his 56kg Class A final and coach Wayne Kong-Gardiner insists his young prodigy can go all the way.

‘I said before that Cain’s going to win it and I stand by that,’ said Kong-Gardiner.

‘He has progressed exactly how I wanted him to.

‘He’s boxed all summer with the ambition of winning the competition and he’s proved himself by getting to the final.

‘I’ve been impressed with his mentality, he’s done everything right.’

We don’t know much about tomorrow’s opponent. But Cain is an intelligent guy and he usually figures out his opponent in the first minute.’

Nineteen-year-old Sudanese talent Adenas has surpassed all expectations to make the 64kg Class B final, where he will fight north of England boxing champion Christopher Brown.

His trainer, Sami Elslamanabi, is delighted for his talent and is looking forward to the bout.

He said: ‘I’m over the moon for Ahmed. He’s surprised everyone by getting to the final.

‘You can see he really wants it.

‘I’m happy for him and all the Sudanese community and especially for our gym.

‘They’ve put a lot of time and effort in to make him a good boxer. I am fully confident that he will win.’