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Navy On Hunt For Huge #InterServices Boxing Upset

Royal Navy boxers have given themselves a chance of reversing 33 years of defeats ahead of tomorrow night’s Inter-Services bouts in...

The Royal Navy's boxers have given themselves a great chance of reversing 34 years of defeats ahead of Thursday night's Inter-Services Boxing Championships finals.

After a tough outing for the Army in the semi-finals, the Senior Service will contest eight bouts in Aldershot, with the Army only fielding fighters in five and the RAF three.

Most of the Royal Navy boxers weren't even alive the last time their service won the Inter-Services boxing title - and that's a massive motivating factor.

Forces Network's Cath Brazier went to Portsmouth to meet the athletes who think they've got what it takes to end one of the great forces sporting dynasties.

Navy team captain Diver Bradley Chapman, who fights at 60kg, said the team can't wait to get into the ring:

"The team is absolutely buzzing at the moment. Preparation has been spot on."

Bradley is captaining the team for this competition before he hangs up his gloves at the end of the season.

He and the rest of this year's Royal Navy and Royal Marine boxers all agree that this is their best chance for years to end their trophy drought.

One of those fighters, Diver Robbie Mathews, who has been with the team for five years and boxes at 64kg, said:

"We've ramped it up, everybody is fit and ready to go."

Behind them, all on the tactical side will be interim head coach Chief Petty Officer Chris Smith, who has built a well-prepared team in a very short space of time. He said:

"We've made sure they stay within a kilo or two of their weight so there's no struggling to get them down to weight on the last day."

The team will travel to Aldershot for the big night on Thursday. 

It's the home of Army boxing - but will it be the Navy's year? Make sure to follow our live coverage on the night to find out!