WALID ADENAS has been tipped to show his international class after heartbreaking national final defeat.
The Heart of Portsmouth (HOP) powerhouse went down to a brave loss at the last stage of the National Association of Boys and Girls’ Clubs’ Championships.
Adenas took on a vastly-experienced opponent in Manor Boxing Academy’s Shakiel Thompson in the final in Croydon.
But that didn’t overawe the 17-year-old for a second, as he pushed Thompson all the way in the 69kg Class C clash, before going down to a points loss.
Thompson started the quicker of the pair as he used his height and reach advantage well.
The second round proved more even as Adenas upped the pressure on his southpaw opponent and put him on the back foot.
Adenas then went for broke in the third and unleashed fierce volleys of punches.
It was Thompson who got the verdict in the final reckoning, but Adenas knew he could be proud of his run to the final.
His coach, Q Shillingford, explained his charge was left disappointed by a loss after his winning run.
But he underlined there was nothing for Adenas to feel down about – and he had much to look forward to.
Shillingford said: ‘Walid showed his emotion at the end after not getting the win.
‘That was a good thing for me, because it shows how dedicated he is to the sport.
‘His opponent’s had nearly 50 bouts. This was Walid’s 19th – and he took him all the way to the brink.
‘There were a lot of people who were saying it was the bout of the finals, which is pleasing to hear.
‘I am really happy with how he performed.
‘Walid was disappointed because he’s used to winning.
‘But he has shown he can box and belongs at that level.
‘This gives him a platform to go on to the youth championships in January.
‘He’s already championship-trained and conditioned for that.
‘If he wins that he will be automatically picked for the Tri-Nations.
‘He has the ability to be performing at that level.
‘Walid has done the club proud – and he’s done Portsmouth proud.’
Meanwhile, the Class A finals of the championships will today be staged in Portsmouth. HOP host the event at Charter Community Sports Centre in Portsmouth, with the action getting under way from 3pm.
Tickets for the finals cost £10, with 16 finals scheduled to take place on a jam-packed day of top-drawer amateur boxing.
Shillingford added: ‘We’re delighted to be staging the finals of the tournament here in Portsmouth, and it’s something to be excited about.
‘It’s a high level of boxing. People will get good value and be seeing the future of the sport.’