Prestigious Titchfield event returns

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TITCHFIELD ABC’s prestigious dinner show team match showdown with the Royal Navy returns tonight.

And a mouthwatering line-up of contests has been assembled by matchmakers on a night of top-drawer amateur boxing at the Portsmouth Guildhall.

I believe we have five ABA finallists boxing, so, as ever, it’s a good show.

Lou Stamp

The show, now in its 27th year, will see boxers from the host club take on navy opposition in a hotly-contested team match.

And that is supplemented by some special bouts which will see multi-national titlist Jacob Gabriel take on the navy’s highly-regarded Luke Fisher at lightweight.

Portsmouth-based Gym O1 will send Commonwealth Games boxer Jonathan Francois into action against the navy’s Callum Lynn in another intriguing match-up at middleweight.

And it will be an emotional evening for light-heavyweight Mike Binstead, as he hangs up his gloves after an 11-year amateur career in a Titchfield vest.

Binstead takes on Basingstoke ABC’s Elliot Holt, as he aims to sign off in style, before moving into coaching.

As always, a charity will benefit from the event – which hosts 500 diners – with Cystic Fibrosis Kids chosen to receive support this year.

The boxing will be open to the general public, too, with 11 contests scheduled.

Titchfield coach, Lou Stamp, is looking forward to another event in the same mould as previous years, at a show which is a long-running highlight on the local boxing calendar.

He said: ‘We’ve got four of our lads on and five open-class bouts.

‘Jonathan Francois against Callum Lynn is a juicy one.

‘He has boxed at the Commonwealth Games but has his work cut out against Callum.

‘Mike Binstead is a brilliant club boy who has been with us for about 14 years and had 30 bouts. This is his finale.

‘Gabriel is a decorated boxer and Fisher is an England finalist. That’s a good contest.

‘They’ve both got a lot to prove and there’s a lot of talk about who’s the better man. It’s a bragging-rights bout.

‘I believe we have five ABA finalists boxing, so, as ever, it’s a good show.

‘We encourage people to attend the event as well as our diners, too.

‘They get to see excellent boxing as well as help a good cause.’

Entry to the show for the public is from 8pm tonight, with tickets costing £10.

Meanwhile, City of Portsmouth host their popular annual show tomorrow at Paulsgrove Community Centre.

The event will also be hosting bouts from the National Association of Boys & Girls’ Clubs Championships.

Ten-year-old pair Razz Ford and TJ Davis will both be involved in skills bouts, while Frankie Traviss, 11, takes part in his first competitive contest.

The likes of Moneyfields, Gym 01 and Heart of Portsmouth are all taking part in the show.

And outfits from as far afield as Guildford, Bracknell and Bristol are all represented.

City coach Tony Hoile said: ‘We are hoping the public will turn out in strength to support the local lads who have all been training hard in the gym for this event.’

Tickets for the City show cost £12 and £5 (juniors). Doors open for the event at midday.