Bridet steps on to Podium

Heart of Portsmouth's Greg Bridet, left, beats Declan Fusco to win the ABA final in Sunderland last April Picture: Chris Bevan
Heart of Portsmouth's Greg Bridet, left, beats Declan Fusco to win the ABA final in Sunderland last April Picture: Chris Bevan
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Greg Bridet will be given his latest chance to shine when he links up with Team GB’s elite Podium Squad next week.

Heart of Portsmouth’s reigning ABA heavyweight champion has been invited to join the Olympic hopefuls at their base in Sheffield.

That means the 22-year-old will travel to the English Institute of Sport (EIS), where bosses will run the rule over him in the training camp.

He will be joined by HOP team-mate Ebonie Jones, who is also at the EIS this weekend after her victory on England duty at the Nations Cup in Serbia.

Bridet will be gunning to impress GB after making major breakthroughs in the amateur game in the last year.

He became the first boxer from the area to lift an ABA title in 13 years last April.

That was followed by being put on GB’s development squad, with other amateur boxing prospects.

A runout at the Tammer Tournament in Finland ensued, before Bridet was given the chance to work with the cream of the sport’s talent.

Bridet’s coach, Q Shillingford, believes the talent will do all he can to make a strong impression.

Shillingford said: ‘It’s more good news for Greg and the club.

‘For Greg to be training with the Podium Squad is a big breakthrough.

‘He is going to be working with the very top boxers out there.

‘Greg has a chance to make an impression. I’m sure he will do everything in his power to make a mark.

‘He has to be the best at everything. He has to be the best at everything from sit-ups to all the other strength and conditioning work.

‘I’m sure that is what he will do.’

As part of the camp the French national squad are joining up with GB in Yorkshire, with the nation’s boxers expected to spar.

Bridet will also work at close quarters with GB’s Podium Squad heavyweight, Warren Baister.

Baister is the man currently standing in front of Bridet in the GB pecking order.

There is every chance they could share ring time in the coming days.

Shillingford added: ‘There will be a lot of gym spars going on, so Greg will be able to measure his progress. That is going to be a big help for him.’

Meanwhile, the England Youth Boxing Championships get under way today. The national championships has been rebranded and renamed as part of the Amateur Boxing Association becoming England Boxing.

Box-offs take place in Southampton ahead of the Southern Counties finals next week. The likes of Moneyfields’ Sid Williams, City of Portsmouth’s Alex Miller and Portsmouth-based Golden Ring boxer Jack Stringer are all entered.