Gregory Bridét winning the National TitleGregory Bridét winning the National TitleOlympic hopeful and Heart of Portsmouth Boxing Academy Heavyweight Star (91kg) Greg Bridét sensationally won the ABAE National Senior Eilite Championship final in style on Saturday 20th April 2013 at the Rainton Meadows Arena, Sunderland.

Bridét faced England International and the well seasoned, North of England Champion Declan Fusco (South Durham ABC).

Once again Bridét was taking on a very experience opponent in bouts and International experience, however Bridét was not fazed. After three hard fought rounds Bridét was given a majority points decision by a 3-2 judges verdict. The bout was an all action affair with both boxers landing heavy and hurtful punches, Bridét marched forward in the last round, relentlessly hitting to head and body to seal his National Elite title and bring an ABA Championship title to Portsmouth, this being the first since Billy Bessey won the title in 1999 (14yrs).

The bout was never going to be easy however and the newly selected GB Development Boxer Bridét, used his tactics and technical skill to his advantage. The bout proved to be one of the most exciting of the day and saw Declan Fusco warned for holding. As Bridét geared up, the rounds went on.

An ecstatic Bridét said – “This is what it is all about, I have trained very very hard for this moment and listened to my coaches and kept to the game plan. know matter what, “Q” and Colin always have the game plans ready and we work with a few, so we can change at any time, I have won the Elite title, I am so ready to move up, to prove myself on the International stage and represent GB Boxing all over the world.”

The first round, the bout started as it meant to go on, with massive support for home boxer Declan Fusco trying to push Bridét back and control the centre of the ring. Bridet was having none of it and matched Fusco blow for blow. The round finished even, with both boxers landing well.

A change of tactics in the second round – The Bridét assault, went to high tempo work, throwing medium and short range hooks and uppercuts inside, then throwing lots of punches to the body and landing short uppercuts and hooks inside to the head. Bridét started switch hitting – this worked very well and saw Declan Fusco holding a lot as Bridét raised the tempo again, which resulted in a warning for Fusco for holding by the referee, as the punches were beginning to take there toll on the north of England ABA Champion.

The last Round Bridét used his strength and unbelievable fitness to take Fusco out of his comfort zone, piling on the pressure, switch hitting at all angles, keeping a high tempo. Declan Fusco desperately trying to hang on by fighting in flusters to keep a handle on things. Fusco was then warned again for repeatedly holing on, as Bridét began to run away with the contest with his relentless and accurate switch hitting style proved too much, Bridét grabbed victory to bring the ABA title back to Portsmouth City.

HOP Coach “Q” Shillingford explained, we knew we had another tough operator who has been on the circuit at a high level. With well over 40 bouts experience and a lot of wins. We were also aware that he had reached the Senior Elite final last year and had beaten last year’s Elite national champion to get to the final this year.

Greg knew he had his hands full prior to the bout and was ready and prepared for a full on assault on the North of England ABA Champion.

“Q” explained – Greg Bridét executed the game plan to the word; this is a great gift as a boxer to be able to change tactics and keep to a game plan whilst in competition.

“We knew Fusco would try and dominate from the centre of the ring, we also knew that Bridét would out maneuver and out punch him whilst inside, working at close quarter range. When Fusco realised he was not physically strong enough to bully Bridét around the ring, he went to long range punches, which Bridét was ready for and then did also, to match his opponent.”

Then in the last round Bridét switched to automatic and let Fusco have it, switch hitting, switch of attack at all angles to head and body and always increasing the tempo of the bout. Which he is trained to do.

Bridet gets another England call up

“Q” added – as we came away from the ring the Northern Regional Coach Martin Uttley, informed us that Bridét had been selected to represent England in another International event and asked if Greg Bridét was available to box in Sweden – on Saturday 11th May 2013, the England v Sweden International return match. Which we accepted.

Greg is also now preparing for the GB National Championship 2013 where he will take on the Scotland, Wales Champions and GB Podium Heavyweight Warren Baister.

We have lots to do and lots to prepare for, Bridét can not afford to take his foot off the gas or eye off the target. The hard work has just got tougher.