Portsmouth pair ready for Elite effort

Josh Pritchard, right, on his way to victory over Chris Adaway
Josh Pritchard, right, on his way to victory over Chris Adaway
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Portsmouth’s national championship duo go in search of glory today.

Josh Pritchard and Robbie Matthews secured their places in the quarter-finals of the England Boxing Elite Championships last weekend.

Moneyfields’ Pritchard turned in an outstanding display to dominate Mayflower’s Chris Adaway on the 
way to a unanimous points victory at 60kg.

And Portsmouth’s Royal Navy boxer Matthews did enough to progress at 64kg against Paddy Johns’ Kane Stewart.

That means the pair now box in the next stage of the competition at Liverpool’s Echo Arena today.

The semi-finals then take place tomorrow with the winners crowned on Sunday.

And with the draw deciding who they face taking place this morning, it is set to prove an exciting day for the pair.

With Great Britain’s Podium squad entering at this stage of the competition, that has paved the way for the possibility of either man to take on Britain’s best at their weight.

Moneyfields coach and Pritchard’s father, Aaron, who is also Southern Counties ABA secretary, believes his son showed his quality last weekend.

And he backed both him and Matthews to rise to the occasion of boxing on the big stage.

Pritchard said: ‘It was a great weekend for boxing in Portsmouth.

‘Josh was fantastic and boxed superbly.

‘He dominated all three rounds with his footwork and hand speed.

‘He gave Adaway four standing counts and he touched down on three occasions.

‘Josh is looking so much stronger and better in every department.

‘I couldn’t be happier with him as a coach and father.

‘It was also a good display from Robbie.

‘It was a fantastic bout and a really good display from him, considering it was just his second bout in a year.

‘The event was a great occasion for Southern Counties boxing.

‘We have got nine boxers through at 10 weights – and the only weight we didn’t was because we’re not represented at 52kg. It’s unbelievable.’

Also involved in action in Liverpool this weekend is Moneyfields’ Natasha Cole.

Cole will be boxing tomorrow in a female show taking place at the Echo Arena. She will meet Leicester Unity’s Paige Murney at 69kg in the ‘Diamonds of the Ring’ event.

Pritchard explained Cole has been preparing hard for the contest.

He said: ‘Natasha has been going well.

‘She is boxing well, looking fit, training hard and putting herself out getting prepared. We couldn’t ask for more.’