Heart of Portsmouth boxer makes GB bow

Heart of Portsmouth's Greg Bridet
Heart of Portsmouth's Greg Bridet
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GREG BRIDET continues his rise today as he makes his debut for Team GB.

Heart of Portsmouth’s ABA champion steps out at the Tammer Tournament in Finland as he picks up the latest honour of a flourishing amateur career.

Bridet will take on host-nation fighter Tom Honka in his opening bout of the round-robin competition at 91kg.

The coup is yet another boost to the heavyweight, as he continues towards his aim of boxing at the next Olympics in Rio.

HOP head coach Q Shillingford believes Bridet has the mindset to shine when on the international stage.

He said: ‘For Greg to box for GB is another brilliant achievement.

‘There are four people in his group starting today.

‘It can be a challenge to box all the time at these tournaments.

‘But boxing is his life and he has risen to the occasion.

‘He is fit and strong and we know he will give his all.

‘He faces the home boxer today, but that won’t bother him. Greg has the character to rise to the challenge.’

Bridet now spends much of his time at the England Institute of Sport in Sheffield as part of the GB development squad.

Making it to the elite podium squad would guarantee he was there full-time, taking a huge step closer to the Olympics.

Medalling in Finland would ensure he caught the eyes of the amateur game’s bosses.

Shillingford said: ‘Greg’s in great shape and being part of the GB development squad is paying dividends for him.

‘He is up at the England Institute of Sport Thursday to Sunday every other week.

‘That’s a good sign and all the reports back about him have been really positive. We have been getting constant feedback.

‘Now this is the next step.

‘If he starts to medal at these events, it can lead to bigger things.

‘Making it on the podium squad is what he’s aiming for.

‘He is being given opportunities to medal and show he is a world-class boxer.

‘If he shows he’s not there to make up numbers he could get the opportunity to go full-time in Sheffield.

‘It’s great to be on the development squad, but you have to keep pushing and progressing.’