Ben Bendle with proud coaches Q Shillingford, Collin Williams and Jason EvansBen Bendle with proud coaches Q Shillingford, Collin Williams and Jason EvansHeart of Portsmouth Boxer Ben “The Bull” Bendle won the Junior ABA National title is fine style on Saturday 25th May 2013 at the Mansfield Civic Centre, Mansfield.

Bendle took Errol Freeman (Lambton Street ABC) in the class 5 (16yrs) Under 75kg group(middleweight).

Bendle’s accurate and hurtful punches proved too much for the North of England Champion, as he ran out a unanimous winner.

In the first round Bendle started his assault as he meant to go on, a clean rear hand counter caught the North of England champion flush on the chin and sent him reeling to the canvas, the bout was nearly over had the bell sounded for the end of the round.

In the second round Freeman tried to push Bendle back but this was met with a barrage of fast and accurate combinations to head and body.

In the last round Bendle began to really open up, releasing attacks with blistering speed and accuracy, Bendle’s class and experience began to show, as the accurate and hurtful punches began to land on the head and body of his opponent to secure his national title win and a place in the history books.

Straight after the bout South of England regional coach Mick Gannon, invited Bendle to an England squad training camp to prepare for the Tri nation championships (where the England Champions face the Scotland and Wales Champions).

Ben Bendle was delighted with his performance and thanked all his coaches for there hard work in preparation for the JABA Championship.

H.O.P coach – “Q” Shillingford said “Ben Bendle boxed superbly, picking his punches and scoring firmly. The good thing about Bendle is not only does he listen to what the coaches say but he delivers in the ring. We knew we had a tough southpaw come forward boxer, so we moved to the left and used lots of rear hands through the guard and left hooks round the side. It was the predicted rear hand counter which dropped his opponent in the first round.

This was another good bout for his Tri Nation event in two weeks where Bendle will take on the best in Scotland and Wales.

“Q” added “At HOP the boxers performance is from a team effort – I would like to thank Colin Williams and Jason Evans and all the coaches at HOP for the great work they are doing with Ben and all boxers.”