BARRY McGUIGAN has tipped Josh Pritchard to wake Portsmouth from its boxing slumber on the national stage.
The exciting Purbrook puncher takes his second step in the professional ranks next Saturday in London.
And Pritchard is out to make a statement after an impressive debut win against Aron Szilagy in February.
That arrived on the undercard of Irish superstar Carl Frampton’s world title defence against Chris Avalos in Belfast.
The former Moneyfields boxer showed a decent pedigree in the amateur code.
But boxing legend, and Pritchard’s manager, Barry McGuigan, feels the 20-year-old’s exciting, aggressive style is suited to the pro ranks.
And the former world champion reckons the featherweight has what it takes to put Portsmouth back on the boxing map.
‘Josh Pritchard is going to be a star,’ said McGuigan.
‘He is an incredibly strong young man who can really wallop.
‘I have no doubt that Josh will soon have a huge following from the Portsmouth area, as this kid has got what it takes to become a champion.
in Josh Pritchard, they have a boxer in the pro ranks who can bring titles back to this boxing mad city.Barry McGuigan
‘Portsmouth is a sleeping giant in boxing terms and has been crying out for a potential champion for years.
‘I remember when Tony Oakey used to bring an army of vocal fans up from the south coast and that carried him to a number of impressive victories.
‘Portsmouth has a thriving amateur boxing scene and now, in Josh Pritchard, they have a boxer in the pro ranks who can bring titles back to this boxing-mad city.’