Ben Bendle winning the Southern Counties Junior ABA titleH.O.P Boxer Ben Bendle won the Southern Counties Junior ABA Title on Saturday 5th May 2013 at Camberley. Bendle who has had a series of wins recently stepped in against the tough Ernie Rutherford (Golden Ring ABC, Southampton). The bout was a tough affair with Bendle keeping control of the bout through out each round. Bendle used his jab very well to score points and set up attacks and then moved in with rear hand counters, finished off with left hooks to head and body. Bendle variety and experience proved too much for the Golden Ring boxer as he tried to launch attacks, Bendle used his skills and ring awareness to out box and out maneuver his strong and very game opponent. Bendle won on a clear unanimous decision of all 5 judges.

H.O.P’s Jack Featherstone put in another top draw performance in what was always going to be a close bout, the very strong and experienced Sam Naoakes for Westree relentlessly pushed forward throwing from head to body and the stylish featherstone used his boxing skills to score on the counter attacks. In the third round however Featherstone got caught clean on two occasions and the bout was stopped with just seconds remaining on the clock. Featherstone can be proud of his performance.

Another punch for punch and blow for blow happened against the county’s two hot prospects, Louis Edmundson (Golden Ring ABC) and HOP’s Mateusz Ziokowski, after four hard fought rounds, Edmundson got the nod from the judges, and again kept Ziolkowski from moving forward into the next round.

H.O.P Junior Coach Paul Kapnisi was very happy with the boxer’s performance at the weekend and said they all boxed to instructions and did themselves and the club proud.

H.O.P Boss – “Q” Shillingford said all boxers did very well against good opposition, these championships are very tough and getting out of Southern Counties Region is an ordeal in itself.

Featherstone and Ziolkowski will come back stronger from there losses in the championships, it’s all a learning curve for these talented lads.

Ben Bendle and Tom Johnson will be up against it, as we face London ABA but that is what we expect at this level. They will be ready.
Class 4 – 70kg

Zak Chelli – Dale Youth, London v Tommy Johnson – H.O.P, Southern Counties
Class 5 – 75kg

Jason Maughan – Body Shots, London v Ben Bendle – H.O.P, Southern Counties