County squad back and packing a punch

Hampshire and IOW boxing squad including coach Darren Blair
Hampshire and IOW boxing squad including coach Darren Blair
Conor Chaplins 94th-minute winner earned Pompey three hard-earned points from their visit to Stadium MK Picture: Joe Pepler

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The Hampshire and Isle of Wight boxing squad is full-to-bursting after its resurrection.

And they are now determined to show their quality as they head into a busy series of fixtures.

The county team travel to Dorset today ahead of clashes against Surrey and Kent, then a return fixture against Dorset.

Boxers can now pick up their county vest since the team was brought back to life – and all the signs are its thriving.

More than 60 boxers attended the latest camp held in Gosport to work on skills and get decent sparring under their belts.

The squad was made up of talents from 14 different clubs across the county.

Local outfits including Wecock Farm, Titchfield, Gosport, Fareham and City of Portsmouth were all represented.

Gosport coaches Amanda Holloway and Darren Blair have been working hard with the boxers to get them ready for inter-county action.

They have also turned to the expertise of Hants and Isle of Wight chairman Lou Stamp, who has helped organise the shows with his wealth of contacts along with the match-making of Titchfield’s Tim Henderson. Blair can’t wait to see the squad go into a busy period of boxing.

He said: ‘The squad is looking really sharp.

‘They’ve all been putting the work in and things have gone well.

‘We’ve had good support and are ready for the shows now.’

The county squad are now on the look out for funding to help raise cash to host a show on home soil.

Anyone who can lend their support to the Hampshire squad can get in touch with coach Blair on 07767 662355.