Piper calls the tune

Josh Pritchard is looking 'razor sharp' ahead of his Junior ABA final
Josh Pritchard is looking 'razor sharp' ahead of his Junior ABA final
Liam Wiseman is one of four boxers out to win a national title this weekend

Glory the prize for quartet in national finals

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The thriving Hampshire squad powered their way to victory over Dorset.

The reformed county outfit travelled into enemy territory when they took on their rivals in Portland.

But they responded to the challenge of boxing away in the most outstanding fashion as they thumped their opponents 8-1.

Gosport duo Harvey Blair and Ricky Piper were among the winners.

But they had to dig deep and come from behind to pick up successes in their bouts.

They were joined on county duty by Titchfield’s James Peter, who was rewarded for his effort by being awarded bout of the night.

His club-mate Ben Isles was another winner for coach Darren Blair’s squad on his outing.

Leigh Park’s Dean Taylor, Golden Ring’s John McDonagh, Eastleigh’s Kieran Chapman and Basingstoke pair Bryce Goodridge and Jacob Gabriel were others to turn on the style.

County coach Blair was delighted with the squad’s efforts ahead of another fixture today as they travel to Margate to take on Kent.

Blair said: ‘It’s great for the boxers to be representing their county.

‘The squad is going from strength to strength. It’s a great boost for the boxers and clubs involved. The team are buzzing and looking forward to facing Kent.’

Meanwhile, Heart of Portsmouth (HOP) talent Josh Pritchard is continuing his preparations for the Junior ABA finals.

Pritchard will be going into battle against two-time national champ Jack Daniel in Rochester next weekend.

He will be hoping to make it third time lucky after twice making it to national finals but suffering defeat. Those losses came against elite-level opposition in the shape of European gold medallists Marc Leach and Tom Ward.

Pritchard will have another big task ahead of him against Daniel, who has 30 wins from 34 bouts.

But his father and HOP junior coach, Aaron Pritchard, believes he is putting in the work to deliver.

He said: ‘Josh has looked razor sharp in sparring and we can’t wait to see him in the ring.

‘He is more than capable of winning the bout and the national title.

‘If he boxes to his potential he can use his hand speed and skill to beat a taller southpaw opponent and bring the title back to Portsmouth.’

Pritchard’s minnows club-mates will be action tomorrow when they box in Southampton. St Judes’ Harry Brown, Arundel Court’s Petey Jarvie, St John’s Primary’s Kyle McDonald and Cottage Grove pair Woody Bale and Oliver Fenton will be representing Heart of Portsmouth at Golden Ring.