Top talent targeting CYP finals

Kieran Rodden
Kieran Rodden
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The area’s top emerging boxing talent bid to make it to the CYP finals on home soil this weekend.

A quintet of quality are one step away from the last stage of the national competition.

And they will be aiming to make it to the final with home support ringing in their ears at the Mountbatten Centre on Saturday.

Kieran Rodden, Mateus Ziowlski, Alfie Steeves, Josh Pritchard and Harvey Blair are all set to go in search of glory. They will have it all to do as they take the best London and the south of England have to offer.

Heart of Portsmouth’s Rodden will meet Body Shots ABC’s Yusif Safa, while his team-mate and Charter Academy student Ziowlski will go in against Epsom and Ewell’s Wayne Peince.

Portsmouth ABC’s Steeves will clash with Billericay’s Karl Davis, while Moneyfield’s Josh Pritchard goes in against Brompton’s Jack Budge.

Gosport’s Blair will be hoping to make it a day to remember as he tackles St May’s Daniel Woledge.

The fighters will be involved in just some of the 27 semi-final clashes staged in a jam-packed bill.

HOP coach and event manger Q Shillingford is calling on the area to back their local boxers.

Shillingford said: ‘This will be a great day of championship amateur boxing. For Portsmouth and the area to have five local boxers in the semi-finals of the CYPs is a great feat.

‘All the boxers involved have worked really hard to get to this stage of the competition and have performed really well.

‘We will be seeing amateur boxing at its very best and many of the boxers are either boxing internationally or on the brink of England selection.’

The CYP semi-finals take place at the Mountbatten Centre tomorrow.

Doors open at 11.30am (boxing starts 12.30pm). Tickets are available on the door £10 (adults), £5 (juniors).