Top Talents go in search of ABA glory

Heart of Portsmouth's George Stead, left, in action against Connor Edney
Heart of Portsmouth's George Stead, left, in action against Connor Edney
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The next round of Junior ABA Championship action takes place this afternoon.

The top up-and-coming talents from local clubs will be featuring as they go in search of more success for the area, with Eastern Counties providing the opposition.

Portsmouth ABC’s Lucas Ballingall will box off with Heart of Portsmouth’s George Stead to see who progresses to the latest stage – where Billericay’s Callum Smith will be waiting at 46kg in class 4.

Portsmouth’s Alfie Steeves will again walkover at 48kg in class 5 after already being handed a route to that stage.

Ted Harris Boxing Academy’s Connor Whittaker is in action at 52kg in class 4 against Southend’s Billy Polkinghome.

That follows Whittaker’s win over Brompton’s John Brazil last weekend.

Heart of Portsmouth will have a trio of boxers looking to make their mark across the class categories.

Ben Bendle meets Southend’s Charlie Warr at 66kg in class 4.

Rising-star Mateusz Ziolkowski takes on Rayleigh’s Sam Malone at 70kg in class 5.

And Harley Hodgetts will be looking to pull off an upset again Chatteris ABC’s Jordan Gill (60kg, class 6).

Meanwhile, next Saturday will see Stacey and Waterlooville clubs hold a joint-comeback show to mark their returns.

A bumper value bill is being staged at the Charles Dickens Sports Centre in Portsmouth.

Up to 20 bouts are earmarked, with the clubs’ combined might taking on allcomers.

Waterlooville coach George Mackenzie believes the event is a significant day for both.

He said: ‘It’s a comeback show for both Stacey and Waterlooville.

‘We’ve got a lot of bouts featuring our boxers as well as support bouts.

‘It’s going to be a brilliant afternoon for people who love boxing.

‘It’d be excellent to see the place full up supporting local boxing.’

Tickets for the show cost £10 and £5 (juniors). Doors open at 1.30pm.

Ted Harris Boxing Academy stage their first-ever show this evening.

Buckland Community Centre will play host, with local clubs mixing it with outfits from across the country. The action gets under way from 5.30pm, with tickets costing £10 (£5 juniors).