Saturday 5th May 2010

The ABAE Schoolgirl and Junior National Final saw 18 bouts of boxing and some great performances by female boxers within the city. The National final proved to be a success and the Amateur Boxing Association of England are very impressed with the event and facilities at Mountbatten Centre.

4 Silver Medals for HOP Boxers in National Final

Tilly Evans (Silver Medalist) had a close bout boxing in her National Final both boxers showing great ability. The bout was very close, the final score was 17 – 14 against Tilly. Tilly Evans was awarded best runner up for the school girl category by England National Boxing Coach Mick Gannon.

4 Silver Medals for HOP Boxers in National Final

Another bout which was very much the same was HOP’s Georgie Scotney (Silver Medalist), Georgie’s very exciting action packed style got the crowd cheering her on, the final result was 17-15.

HOP Billie Felton’s (Silver Medalist) was always up against it, as she gave away experience to her opponent. Billie gave her best and set up some good attacks, final score 14-9.

4 Silver Medals for HOP Boxers in National Final

Natasha Cole’s bout came right to the edge with both boxers giving it all, right up to the final bell. The bout was the last bout of the day and was a great show closer for the junior female championships. The score went against Tasha 17-15. Tasha also received Best Runner Up Trophy in the Junior Class.

HOP’s ABAE National Champion 2009 Ashleigh Pond was unable to defend her crown and was very disappointed as her opponent failed to turn up for the final, so she could not compete.

HOP Boss “Q” Shillingford praised all the female boxers for their dedication and commitment in this years Championship. Explaining school girl and junior boxing is in its 2nd year in England, a lot of the boxers were only on their 1st or 2nd bout. Portsmouth and the local area are doing a fantastic job in developing female boxing in the south of England.

“Q” also praised the boxing coaches and the volunteers at HOP for giving up their own time to train and teach the boxers for the championships. “HOP won the bid to host the championships in Portsmouth and as a community boxing club we wanted to show the National Governing Body (ABAE), what Portsmouth can deliver.” The ABA of England are so impressed that there is already talk of a International event or another major tournament being held at the Mountbatten centre later in the year.

“Q” expressed, even thou I was event manager it was the hard work and volunteering from Heart of Portsmouth Boxing Academy coaches and volunteers that ran the National Female Championships on the day and the build up. All the visiting ABA boxing clubs from all over the country remarked on how the venue was exceptional and the event was professionally run.

“Q” summarized “Due to the success of local boxing clubs like Stacey, Moneyfields and City of Portsmouth ABC, the ABAE and Boxing clubs around the country appreciate how serious we take our boxing here in Portsmouth.

There will be more ABA Boxing Champions to come said Shillingford; we have got very good Boxing clubs and dedicated coaches all over the City of Portsmouth, all working together for the young people of today.

Sunday 6th May 2010

Senior ABAE National Finals

Some very explosive boxing took place on Sunday 6th May 2010 at the Mountbatten Centre, the female boxers in the country went toe to toe to defend or win their national title. The BBC was following Liverpool sensation, Natasha Jonas as she won her third England title in a row to prove she deserved to be on the GB Olympic team going into 2010. The whole event proved a tremendous success and a great time had by all.

University Boxer Holy Keats had a straight final in her class and lost on points 24 – 10.

ABA of England Chairman Keith Walters said “The ABA of England is absolutely delighted with the facilities at the Mountbatten Centre and organization of this years National Female Championships, the Amateur Boxing Association believe that the city of Portsmouth is able to host a major international tournament and we will be looking to hold more championships and Internationals in Portsmouth. The Chairman added “Q” Shillingford and the team at Heart of Portsmouth have done a terrific job, this has been the best run National Championship in the country this year.”

Local councilor Lee Hunt and Cllr Lynn Stagg who attended and presented medals and certificates at the championships were very impressed with the standard of the boxing and the commitment and dedication shown by the females in the tournament.

4 Silver Medals for HOP Boxers in National Final

Local MP Penny Mordaunt who also presented medals and certificates at the championships said, to see how Heart of Portsmouth Boxing Academy have organised and run this event is great for our city, boxing is getting more and more popular with the females and we should be encouraging females to get more active, getting fit and healthy, I really enjoyed the national boxing championships. The ABAE were very impressed with the facility and organisation. This is a big plus for our city.

HOP Boss and Female Championship Event Manager “Q” Shillingford explained the plan was to bring a national championship to the city, so we could show the ABA of England what we can do, all our efforts have paid off, and we delivered what England expects. Having the support of the local Councilor’s and MP was again a good move for the City. I would like to personally thank all the team at Heart of Portsmouth Boxing Academy and special thank you to Liz Scotney and Julia Featherstone for their hard work on the door and preparing the refreshments, for all the boxers and coaches at the tournament.

The intention now is to keep developing boxing in the city, either recreationally or competitively through the local boxing clubs and the boxing in schools boxing awards programme. HOP will be running the “Portsmouth City Summer Boxing Camp” throughout the six weeks summer school holidays; the event will be advertised very soon.