HEART OF PORTSMOUTH’S (HOP) six of the best are aiming for national glory.
And the talents will be bidding for honours in the National Association of Boys and Girls Clubs on home soil.
Portsmouth are set to host the quarter-finals, semi-finals and finals of the event as the area underlines itself as a amateur boxing hotbed.
And HOP will be stacked with entries across the different categories after enjoying success in the regional final in Bristol
Tyler Hall, Jack Fenton, Duane Foster and Walid Adenas were all winners at Broadplain Boxing Club.
Hall used his speed and power effectively to run out points winner over Devenport’s Branden Stacey at 60kg.
Jack Fenton had a come-foward opponent to contend with at 70kg in Shepton Mallet’s Owen Penny.
But Fenton’s quality and reactions shone through as he won comfortably on points.
Foster was making his return after a year out, but shook off the ring rust at 52kg against Devenport’s Connor Adawy.
That saw him pick up a unanimous verdict with a display showcasing his impressive handspeed and powerful rearhand shots.
And Walid Adenas showed he could be one to watch as he followed up an impressive win over Stacey’s Ashley Devenport with success against Walcot’s Orgest Peroshi at 69kg.
Peroshi had delivered two previous stoppages and came out firing, until Adenas’ power sent him back on to the ropes.
That was the pre-cursor for three frenetic rounds of action which saw Adenas come out unanimous points win.
The quartet will be joined by Bailey Fowler (52kg) and Taylor Smith (64kg) who both received walkovers to the quarter-finals.
HOP head coach, Q Shillingford, saluted the efforts of the club’s boxers.
He said: ‘Our coaches were over the moon with the performances.
‘Tyler boxed out of his skin, Duane was fantastic after a lay-off and the hard work Jack’s been doing in the summer paid off.
‘Walid was in a heck of a contest which signalled how far he can go.
‘He was caught flush on the chin with two bombs but forced his opponent back. They then didn’t stop punching for three rounds.’
The quarters of the championships come to HOP at Charter Sports Centre next Sunday with the semis on November 28 and the final on December 5.
Shillingford said: ‘The championships are in Portsmouth because people across the country realise what a hotbed it is for boxing here.
‘We encourage parents and young people to get their kids into a gym and learn the benefits of the sport.
‘There are a lot of great clubs across the area with a lot of dedicated and committed coaches.’