SID WILLIAMS got his England Boxing Youth Championship campaign off to a winning start.
And that has set up an intriguing showdown with Heart of Portsmouth’s Walid Adenas on Friday.
Williams took a points win over Team Wiseman’s Allah Ibrahimi at 64kg to progress.
That means a clash with Adenas will take place on Friday in Poole, in a match-up which has all the makings of an exciting contest.
Former Moneyfields and England international Williams, who is now boxing for Southampton’s Golden Ring, will provide a stiff test of Adenas’ credentials.
That will be one to look out for, with the winner then going on to box Surrey’s champion at HOP’s show on Saturday.
A number of other boxers from the community’s clubs will also step into the ring at Charter Academy.
Ed Ayres is entered at 81kg for HOP, with Paris Redman slated to box at 64kg. Ebonie Jones has a walkover at 51kg.
City of Portsmouth’s Alex Millar is down to box at 60kg in the competition, while Stacey’s Ashley Devenport is in action at 69kg.
The winners will then take on those who come out on top in Sussex v Kent clashes to become Southern Counties champions on January 31.
HOP head coach, Q Shillingford, is looking forward to seeing some intriguing boxing taking place over the weekend.
And he believes there will be some top-quality contests to look forward to.
Shillingford said: ‘We will have the five championship bouts on our show.
‘That will be good and will mean a lot of bouts of good quality.
‘It’s going to be a busy time for our boxers. We’ve got Hamspshire v Surrey, with the winners boxing each other in the Southern Counties final at the end of the month. It should be good.’
There was a double blow for HOP, though, with two boxers forced to pull out of the championship.
Jack Featherstone had been earmarked to take on Ashley Devenport last weekend but illness saw him fail to step into the ring at 69kg.
And Tom Johnson was due to box at 75kg, but was forced to pull out after he dropped a concrete slab on his foot.