Next generation set for exciting futures

Tom Ward, right, with Heart of Portsmouth coach Colin Brown after his victory against Tommy Lee
Tom Ward, right, with Heart of Portsmouth coach Colin Brown after his victory against Tommy Lee
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Boxing’s next generation made their mark at the England Boxing Development Championships.

The junior event saw local talent impress at the Southern Counties finals in Kent.

Team Wiseman’s Lewis Dentith and Ameer Mohammed both delivered exciting successes.

And they were joined by Heart of Portsmouth’s (HOP) Tom Ward, who produced an impressive unanimous points win.

Dentith took on Rumbles’ Jack Beeney at 63kg and proved too smart for the host-club boxer.

It was a similar story from Mohammed as he was given a strong rival in Brighton & Hove’s Joe Morgan.

But it was the 63kg talent who came through the tussle to pick up the regional title.

Team Wiseman coach, Daron Wiseman, believes the successes are further evidence of how his Wecock-based club punch above their weight.

And he feels both boxers are in for exciting futures.

He said: ‘Lewis had a tricky opponent and it was a skilful bout. He came through that by outboxing him in the end.

‘Lewis has real good fitness and that came through in the third round. He overpowered him the end.

‘It was a real good effort from Ameer, too, and we are pleased with him. He was in with a good, strong boy but did enough to get the win.

‘They are going up and are ready to go on to the next level.

‘They are two hard-working boys and their dedication is unbelievable. I believe they are both going to go somewhere.

‘The club is producing champions and it shows we are heading in the right direction.’

Meanwhile, Ward picked up a unanimous points win over Rye Town’s Tommy Lee for HOP.

The 15-year-old was in the 52kg category and didn’t disappoint in his display.

Ward controlled the action from the outset behind his jab.

The Admiral Lord Nelson student then upped the intensity of his work with rear hands hitting the mark.

That was maintained through the third round, with his superior pressure tactics counting.

Now HOP coach, Q Shillingford is hopeful of the impact Ward can have moving forward in the competition.

Shillingford said: ‘Tom did well and impressed. He’s now advances to the national semi-finals.

‘He’s looking to push on and really do well this year.

‘Tom has experience is at the right weight and age to do something.

‘We feel he has every chance to go a long way. He needs to put the work in but he is doing that.’