Adenas title charge continues

Walid Adenas. Picture: Mick Young (143360-05)
Walid Adenas. Picture: Mick Young (143360-05)

WALID ADENAS has been tasked with toppling another national champion to continue his Youth Championship charge.

Heart of Portsmouth’s (HOP) gutsy talent will tackle England’s George Jago as his bid for the national title continues tonight.

A spot in the quarter-finals of the competition is up for grabs at Admiral Lord Nelson School in the city.

Adenas has already picked up three wins and upset England’s Sid Williams before blitzing his way to the Southern Counties title last weekend.

Now the 16-year-old has another tough assignment as he aims to progress at 64kg.

HOP head coach Q Shillingford believes his charge, who arrived in England from war-torn Sudan three years ago, will be ready for action when the bell rings.

Shillingford said: ‘It’s another international for Walid.

‘He won’t be overawed by that, though. Not after what he’s been through.

‘Walid has been training hard and taking it one bout at a time.

‘He’s like a sponge in training and soaks it all up.

‘He’s a natural born fighter and is determined to succeed.’

Adenas has been sparring with brother, and Development Championship winner, Ahmed along with the likes of HOP team-mates Jack Featherstone, Eric Mwanko and Ed Ayres ahead of his clash with Jago.

Shillingford said: ‘The sparring Walid has received has been ideal and shows that it is a team effort.’