Matthews and Bridet out to impress England selectors

HOP's Robbie Matthews, left, and Greg Bridet
HOP's Robbie Matthews, left, and Greg Bridet
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Heart of Portsmouth’s ABA pair continued their season to remember after linking up with England.

National finalists Robbie Matthews and Greg Bridet travelled to the home of amateur boxing in Sheffield for the two-day, high-level training camp.

And that shows they are now on the brink of a full international call-up, according to their coach.

The English Institute of Sport played host to the senior talent as the sport’s bosses ran the rule over the pair.

The camp was the first of a series of get-togethers designed to build a relationship between the country’s top boxers and Team England.

It also allowed England and Great Britain selectors to run the rule over boxers ahead of future international competitions.

Bridet and Matthews are now very much in that category as they continue their flying development.

And that is something HOP boss Shillingford is delighted about.

He believes they are now close to showcasing their skills on the international stage.

Shillingford said: ‘The two boxers were selected for their hard work and ability in reaching this year’s ABA final.

‘All the finalists were there and got the chance to show their full potential in front of the England and GB selectors.

‘This is deserved after all the dedication these two athletes have put into their sport.

‘What they have achieved in a short space of time is fantastic.

‘Reaching the senior ABA final and performing the way they did has now opened the door to greater things.

‘The two of them are now on the brink of England selection. We are very proud of both athletes.

‘They have trained with the best boxers in the country and we wish them the best of luck moving forward.’

Bridet and Matthews both shone on their march to the ABA final event last month.

They were then given the opportunity to box at the spiritual home of British boxing – the York Hall in Bethnal Green.

Both delivered gutsy efforts in defeat, with Matthews losing to Wellington’s classy Josh Leather.

Bridet’s clash with Corby’s Simon Barclay saw him go down to a controversial loss.

The displays underlined, however, they belong at the top in their sport.

And Shillingford is sure they both have a lot to look forward to moving forward.

He said: ‘They have both made a big impression and have been noted at the highest level.’