National Minnows Champion

The Heart of Portsmouth Boxing Academy (HOP) was celebrating this weekend after Joe Hunt (Admiral Lord Nelson) won the ABA of England Minnows National Boxing Title 2011. Joe Hunt travelled to Liverpool on Sat 26th February 2011.

The 3 rounds were fought at a very fast pace against an opponent from Darlington ABC, John Foster who had a record of 6 bouts and 6 wins. This was Joe’s only third contest.

The first round started vey fast, was very close if not even, in the second Joe began to get ahead then the last round Joe took the fight to the rangy southpaw from Darlington and forced the pace using two and three phase attacks, switching from head to body. Joe won his England title on a score of 19 to 14 points.

Joe started boxing a year and a half ago by taking up the sport via the ABA of England National Boxing Awards boxing school programme in Portsmouth.

Joe has passed all his national boxing awards and completed his skill bout this season; he then had two bouts and now reached and won the national minnows title at 32kg. Joe Hunt is a role model to all youngsters showing what hard work, commitment and dedication can achieve if you put your mind to it.

HOP is absolutely delighted and so is the ABA of England as this is the second national champion that has come through the ABA of England National Award programme in Portsmouth (Ashleigh Pond won the female National title last year).

Liverpool was just one of the five boxing events HOP Boxing Academy were attending this weekend, again they had boxers competing all over the country.

Cheshunt ABC staged a boxing show and developing prospect Callum Rodden (St Edmunds) picked up another points win after a fine display of solid boxing and so did HOP’s Tom Giles (Priory School), who was making his HOP ring debut at on Friday 25th February 2011. Giles used his height and reach advantage very well and powered through to gain a unanimous points decision of the judges.

Friday 25th February 2011

HOP boxers were also in action in Brompton ABC where Harley Hodgetts (Milton Cross School) won a unanimous decision of the judges, after keeping his opponent away with long pain seeking jabs and then firing over fast Rear hands over the three rounds. Elias Cole was on the wrong end of a majority decision of the judges after a great bout; Cole is coming on very well and is a great prospect for the future.

Sunday 27th February 2011

Two senior boxers entered the ABA of England National Championships 2011, senior southern counties championships, Lightweight (60kg) Robbie Matthews and Light Heavyweight Ryan Colqhuan (81kg) both performed very well at the Charles Dickens Centre in Portsmouth. Matthews now boxing at a new weight category took on Two times CYP National Champion Jimmy Cooper from Lawrence ABC, the bout was exciting from start to finish, as both boxers never let up, sending in fast combinations with dogged attacks. It was Matthews’s stronger finish at the end of each round that took the HOP Senior boxer into the Southern Counties Regional Final in two weeks time (Sat 12th Mar ’11). HOP’s Ryan Colqhuan (Portsmouth University) can be very proud of his performance, after leading the 2011, U 20’s National Champion Cheavon Clarke from Gravesham ABC, going into the third round. However Ryan was caught with a ferocious Rear hand that put a sudden end to the HOP Light Heavy weight hopes of a Senior Southern Counties title.

Sunday 27th February 2011

HOP sent a team of 6 boxers to a boxing show in Plymouth, Mayflower ABC, both Robbie Patterson (Stamshaw Junior School) and Jessie Douglas (City Boys) got two wins under there belt and Jack Unsworth (Highbury College) and Duane Foster (Admiral Lord Nelson) were unfortunate not to get the decisions in their contest.

Mikey Ballingall (Portsmouth College) and Jack Featherston’s (Camshill School) opponents had a no show.

HOP Boss “Q” Shillingford said: This is a fantastic achievement for Joe Hunt at only 11yrs old he is the ABA of England National Minnows Champion 2011. The two seniors (Ryan and Robbie) both took on National Champions and put in an excellent performance’s. The Academy boxers are all training and competing very well. Boxing is a hard game and you have to take the high’s with the low’s but they are dedicated and committed young people and will bounce back or propel forward from each time they enter the ring. The youngsters are out getting experience from all the shows they attend, preparing them or getting ready for their turn in the National Championships. The team coaches are doing a fantastic job and the Academy is buzzing.