Pair go out fighting in ABAs

Heart of Portsmouth boxer Biola Kudus
Heart of Portsmouth boxer Biola Kudus
Conor Chaplins 94th-minute winner earned Pompey three hard-earned points from their visit to Stadium MK Picture: Joe Pepler

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Biola Kudus has been backed to grow from his ABA Championship experience after bowing out at the quarter-final stage.

Heart of Portsmouth’s Kudus went down to unanimous points defeat to Chris Billam-Smith in their 86kg clash at the quarter-final stage in Camberley.

And it was a similar story for Stacey’s Ash Leigh as he went out against Hoddesdon’s Alfie Price at 63.5kg.

That means HOP heavweight Greg Bridet and Moneyfields’ Josh Pritchard (54kg) are the remaining boxers in the prestigious competition from local clubs.

Both Kudus and Leigh could be proud of their efforts as they went out, though.

Heart of Portsmouth boss Q Shillingford believes there’s more to come from Kudus.

Shillingford said: ‘Biola did well against a very experienced boxer.

‘That was what made the difference, really.

‘But Biola can take great credit for what he has achieved in a short space of time.

‘The boxers know this is very strong open-class level they are at now.

‘He’s won a regional title and can build on this.

‘He’ll be back to defend his Southern Counties title.’