Callum’s revenge act leads Hampshire to county win

The victorious Hampshire boxing squad who edged a 6-5 win over Surrey
The victorious Hampshire boxing squad who edged a 6-5 win over Surrey
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Callum Pankhurst was the hero as Hampshire grabbed a nail-biting victory over Surrey.

The Gosport ABC boxer stepped up to inter-county level and delivered on home soil as his side picked up a 6-5 win over their rivals.

It was a revenge mission for Pankhurst, too, against Smallholdings’ Asa Tolan-Powell.

Tolan-Powell had a previous narrow success over the Hampshire captain.

But 14-year-old Pankhurst got the unanimous decision in their 71kg clash to wrap up the Hampshire win.

Fareham’s Arthur Easen also shone, despite taking on Guildford’s Len Smith at just an hour’s notice at 42kg.

Easen got the majority points verdict, while Team Wiseman’s boxers also impressed as they stepped up to county level.

Bailey Chester and Tyler Hallawell were both winners, while City of Portsmouth’s Alex Millar and Ted Harris’ Joe Butler also enjoyed success in their county’s vest.

Hampshire coach Darren Blair was delighted with the quality of boxing from those involved.

And he was pleased to see the team round off their county duties for the season in style.

Blair said: ‘It was brilliant, a cracking show to finish it off for us.

‘We lost a few bouts but it was great to see Callum get the win for us.

‘He was against the boy who beat him in the Schoolboy Championships and went on to get to the semi-finals.

‘Callum has trained hard, though, improved and proved a point.

‘It was close last time but he turned it on against him.

‘All of the Team Wiseman boys boxed well in good bouts.

‘And there were good wins for City of Portsmouth and Ted Harris boxers.

‘Arthur took his bout at an hour’s notice and got his first Hampshire win. That’s good going.

‘It was brilliant to pip them, finish well and see people get bouts for their county.’

Meanwhile, Moneyfields pair Harry Cookson and Bradley Davies will hope to impress as they continue their boxing education at the Redditch Box Cup on Saturday.

The pair will be aiming to keep up the feel-good factor in their gym as Sid Williams gears up for Tri-Nations action after his recent Junior ABA Championship success.

Both Cookson and Davies have been putting in the hours in training in readiness for action.

Cookson boxes at 63kg in the semis, while Davies aims to impress at 38kg.

Their coach, Aaron Pritchard, believes the event will be an invaluable experience for them.

He said: ‘We are really pleased with how Harry and Bradley have trained in the build-up to the cup.

‘Both Harry and Bradley are novices but they have trained as hard as everyone else and it’s great to see.

‘It’s their first time in such an event and this will be a fantastic experience for both of them.

‘Bradley has won five of his past six bouts and Harry stopped his last opponent, so we are really pleased with their progress this season and can’t wait to get to Redditch this weekend.’