Fowler, Fenton, Hunt in ABA of England National Schoolboy Quarter Final 2013The Heart of Portsmouth Boxing Academy (HOP) was celebrating this weekend after 3 of their boxers got through the Southern Counties stage of the national schoolboy championships 2013.

Admiral Lord Nelson students Joe Hunt took on Billy Eastwood (St Mary’s ABC). Hunt boxed to instructions against his tough opponent. Hunt Backing Eastwood up time and again and forcing him to trade, with Hunt showing great accuracy, speed and power in his counter punching. Hunt stayed focused throughout the bout and stuck to the game plan to win his National Schoolboy Southern Counties Title.

Hunt will be in action again in the London on Sunday 17th February 2013 in Portsmouth.

Hampshire & IOW Champion – Bailey Fowler (City Boys School) did very well in his Southern Counties final bout against Lewis Southgate (St Mary’s ABC). Fowler having a great run of victories recently pushed the very experienced Southgate in the last round to secure his Southern Counties title and confirm his place in the all England Schoolboy Quarter Final stage.

Third H.O.P Boxer the very talented Jack Fenton (St Edmunds School), he was awarded his title on a walkover after his opponent failed to arrive for the event.

Putting three H.O.P Boxers through to the National Quarter finals at Charles dickens Centre being hosted by Stacey ABC Sunday 17th February 2013.

Head Coach Paul Kapnisi was delighted with the two boxers performance and commented “all 3 boxers have done very well to progress this far in the national tournament; they all took up the sport 3 years ago through the Summer Boxing Camp via the city wide ABA national boxing awards programme, they all have a great future in amateur boxing.”

“Q” said – All the boxers have worked very hard to achieve their win’s, their dedication and commitment to training is unquestionable and they are a shinning example to what young people can do if they put their mind to it, they are all role model’s to young people pushing the barriers for sport at all levels. Another young National Boxing Awards prodigy is the very skillful Duane Foster who unfortunately had to miss this year’s championship due to illness. But Foster is a champion in the making.