Stacey signal intent for new year

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PORTSMOUTH STACEY showcased their potential for 2015 as they racked up the victories on their show.

Stacey had seven boxers involved as they staged the event at Admiral Lord Nelson School.

And they didn’t disappoint in a series of eye-catching contests.

Senior boxers Reuben Lines and Adam Evans led the way for the host club.

Evans was involved in a thrilling derby with Gym 01’s Martin Saunders and took the decision in a keenly-fought battle.

Lines also had to do it the hard way against Hastings Westhill’s Carmine de Paolo but showed spirit and heart to emerge victorious on points.

Two-time national finallist Ashley Devenport took on a more experienced rival in Downend’s Charlie Ricketts.

The opener proved a cagey affair as Devenport attempted to close the range on his rival.

That continued in the second before Devenport boxed to instruction and upped the pressure on Ricketts.

The judges saw Devenport as the winner of all three rounds as he chalked up his latest success.

Taylor McBride proved the perfect show opener as he took on Littlehampton’s Dylan Mercer.

Despite conceding height to his opponent, McBride produced a powerful opening and went on to take a points win.

Ollie Cook took on Kemsing’s Harry Hudson and the first two rounds saw the bout unfold evenly.

That left it up for grabs in the third where Cook stepped on the gas and took the decision with his sharp, straight shots.

There was promise in defeat for Stacey’s debut-making duo Bradley Bailey-Green and Jack Matthews.

Bailey-Green showed bravery before going down to a split-decision loss to a taller and heavier opponent in Waterside’s Cameron Stewart.

Matthews served up value in an entertaining clash with Kemsing’s James Hough.

Both boxers landed at will before Hough took the verdict.

Stacey coach Josh Leigh believes the performances of the boxers shows the hard work put in at the club.

He said: ‘We’re pleased with how all the boxers came through the night.

‘Winning five out of seven contests is a testament to what we are doing.

‘Thanks have to go to coaches Martin Robson, Jason Gould and Yinka Bello.’