Joe, Connor, Ollie, Bailey

Joe, Connor, Ollie, Bailey

The Heart of Portsmouth Boxing Academy (HOP) was celebrating this weekend after 3 of their boxers got through the Southern Counties stage of the England Boxing schoolboy championships 2014.

Admiral Lord Nelson students Joe Coltas took on Dylan Kirk (Rumble Boxing Club).  Coltas boxed to instructions against his tough opponent.  Backing Kirk up time and again and forcing him to trade, with Coltas showing great accuracy, speed and power in his counter punching.  Coltas stayed focused throughout the bout and stuck to the game plan to win his National Schoolboy Southern Counties Title.

Hampshire & IOW Champions – Connor Grant (Warblington School) and Bailey Donald (King Richards School) both went out of the championships after brave efforts in there respectful bouts.  Both giving away experience to there opponent they are showing great potential for the future.

Oliver Fenton (St Edmunds School) put in a top class performance against Teddy Price (Smallholdings Boxing Club) the bout was always down on paper to be a hard contest, Fenton raised to the occasion, sending in fast and accurate combinations to the head and body to be a clear winner and Southern Counties Champion 2014.

Harry Bomber Brown

Harry Bomber Brown

Harry “Bomber” Brown (St Edmunds School) won the Southern Counties title (3×2 min rounds) with only one round of boxing even thou he has competed twice in two weeks to win the title. To claim the Hampshire title Brown boxed Kieran Smith (Moneyfields ABC) this bout was stopped in the first round as Brown opened up to the head and body form the bell. The bout was stopped within a minute of the first round as Brown proved too strong and experienced for his opponent. For the Southern Counties Final Harry “Bomber” Brown faced Ben Sanderson (Rye Town ABC). Browns fast feet and lightening hand speed proved too much for the game Sanderson, as he tried to weather the storm. But Browns accuracy to head and body within the sustained attack was well executed and the bout was stopped within 30 seconds of the first round.

All three boxers are now through to the national quarter finals in two weeks.

Head coach of the HOP junior boxers Coach Paul Kapnisi praised all the boxers’ performance and there dedication to training in and out of the gym.  They all work very hard in the gym and all there dedication and commitment to training; is now paying off.

HOP Boss “Q” Shillingford also commented the schoolboy and junior squad are really looking to be a force to be reckoned with at HOP.  All the boxers have worked very hard to compete at this level, there 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.

The junior coaching team is doing a great job. “Q” also heaped praise for Harry and Oliver dads, HOP Coaches Matt Fenton and Colin Brown are a major asset to the club; they are always there for all the boxers at the club and are at all the sessions.