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Titchfield celebrated a nail-biting victory in their annual showdown with the Royal Navy.

A packed crowd of 700 amateur boxing fans were again treated to an outstanding evening of entertainment at Portsmouth Guildhall.

And it was a similar story as City of Portsmouth welcomed clubs from around the country to their show in Paulsgrove.

The Titchfield event is a renowned fixture on the local boxing calendar, and, once more, it delivered.

The club’s select team edged a 4-3 win which went to the wire.

It was Gym 01’s Commonwealth Games man, Jonathan Francois, who delivered the decisive success with a unanimous win over the navy’s Elliot Larson.

Portsmouth’s former ABA finalist, Robbie Matthews, settled the score with Basingstoke’s Jacob Gabriel after his Elite Boxing Championship defeat in May.

Matthews took the split-decision verdict to set the pair up for a possible deciding contest.

Moneyfields’ Josh Pritchard picked up the John Hopkins Memorial Trophy for the performance of the night, as he defeated navy boxer Lewis Dugan unanimously on points.

The host club’s boxers impressed as Ian Bradley stopped the navy’s Dan Shannon in the third round.

And Steve Cooper put on a crowdpleasing display as he picked up a win against Ventnor’s Darryl Simpkins in a support bout.

Fareham youngster Mia Grant was given £500 on the evening as the six-year-old fights a serious heart problem.

Titchfield coach Lou Stamp was delighted to see the event deliver.

He said: ‘It was a fantastic night and it goes from strength to strength. Once again it was the best ever. The boxing was excellent. It went to the wire and Jonathan Francois got the win which did it.

‘Josh got the John Hopkins Memorial Trophy in a cracking bout with Lewis Dugan.

‘Lewis got a cut in the second which hampered him a bit but it was brilliant entertainment.

‘Robbie Matthews ground out the win against Jacob so it’s 1-1 between them now. I’m sure there will be a rubber match.

‘One of the best for the crowd was Stevie Cooper’s bout.

‘It was a hard, torrid affair and a typical derby. Steve’s strength showed through.

‘We had 500 diners and 200 walked in on the night. That will help our charity work and we managed to help little Mia and give her £500.

‘It was a smashing night all round. But we know you are only as good as your last show – so we have to push on.’

Meanwhile, a packed City show looks to be the pre-cursor to further events in the new year.

An impressive 17 bouts were staged, with clubs coming from as far afield as Birmingham.

Reece Horsted was a winner on his debut, while Tommy Hunt boxed impressively before being stopped by Brighton & Hove’s Ben Taylor.

City coach Tony Hoile said: ‘It was brilliant. We had 17 bouts on the day and clubs came from all over.

‘We had Wellington come down from Birmingham for four bouts.

‘They deserve praise because it’s a long day and it’s expensive.

‘Some people take the bouts and don’t turn up, so I was pleased by that.

‘We had a good turn out from the community and because of that we will look to do more shows in the new year.’