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Mateus Ziowlski was the hero as Southern Counties edged Western Counties in a nailbiter.

The Heart of Portsmouth talent won his decisive clash with Tiverton’s Aaron Edwards to give his side a dramatic 6-5 victory.

Ziowlski delivered an all-action display which had the Portsmouth crowd on their feet as he came up with a points success.

And now his club are looking to continue in that vein in their open show today.

HOP put on the inter-region action off the back of the successful Southern Counties training camp held at the club recently. And it proved to be an exciting afternoon for those who turned out to watch the bouts.

The quality of boxing also proved as impressive as HOP’s Elias Cole opened the show and got his team off to a winning start when he faced Barton Hill’s Sam Elvins.

Cole took the win in what proved to be a fast-paced battle, but his club-mate George Stead couldn’t follow that up as he lost to Barton Hill’s Ashley Kitchen.

Gosport’s Paris Dunford was a winner, however, as she landed plenty of decent work on the way to success over Down End’s Adelaid Barker.

CYP finalist Josh Pritchard showed his quality when he took on Launceston’s Marcus Hodgkinson.

The Moneyfields talent gained a points win as he looks towards another exciting campaign.

Gosport’s Harvey Blair put on an entertaining display against Exeter’s Jake Killen, but he couldn’t get a win.

Gloves On boxer George Beeton and Folkstone’s Joshua Kennedy were other winners for Southern Counties before Ziowlski delivered.

Southern Counties secretary Shaun McDonald was pleased to see an exciting show hosted impressively by HOP.

McDonald said: ‘It is good to see boxers out early in the season.

‘We will have a return match before Christmas. I want to thank Heart of Portsmouth for hosting and organising the event. It was a superb bill.’

Now HOP will take on clubs from around the area including Waterlooville, Titchfield, Gosport, Fareham and City of Portsmouth today, with 15-20 bouts expected.

HOP boss Q Shillingford said: ‘We want people to come out and support their local talent.’

Boxing starts at midday. Doors open 11am. Tickets cost £10 adults, £5 under-16s.