The Heart of Portsmouth Boxing Academy started the boxing season with a bang. As an action packed bill of 15 bouts, Numbers swelled as the bell rang on Fri 27th Sep ’13, at the Charter Sports Centre, Portsmouth.
Local Boxing Teams including the, City of Portsmouth ABC, Team Wiseman, Waterlooville, also clubs from as far as Basingstoke, Oxford, Brighton, Exeter and London.
Show opener’s was 3 evenly matched skill bouts, which allows the first timers the opportunity to box at a boxing show in a skilled and controlled environment, (no decision) each skill bout drew warm applause from the crowd and all the boxers did very well.
HOP’s Skills Bout Molly Cooper v Ruby Hanson Bath City
Molly Cooper did very well on her skills bout and now is ready for her first ABA bout.
Oliver Fenton lead the HOP Charge as he took on the very talented Tylet Kelly (Shepton Mallet ABC) after three very good rounds – Fenton won on a unanimous decision.
HOP’s talented Harry Brown put on a very good performance as he took on Freddie Hayes (Bognor ABC), the tough Hayes gave everything, but the classy Brown kept calm and boxed to instructions, keeping the bout at long distance before setting up his own attacks, Brown won on a unanimous decision.
HOP’s Joe Coultas, Jack Fenton and Tyler Hall were unlucky as they all came out as close Majority decisions, against Jamie Bradley (Finchley ABC), George Lock (Hornchurch ABC) and Ryan Cogan (Hornchurch ABC).
HOP’s Billy Cable put in a fine performance as he had to much fire power for tough Dennis Hayes (Bognor ABC), three rounds fought at a explosive pace with Cable gaining a unanimous decision of the judges.
Another entertaining bout between Will Peach (HOP) and Liam Kimber (Southampton ABC), as both boxers refusing to give ground. The evenly matched pair gave there all, much to the delight of the audience. Peach won the contest on a majority decision of the judges.
The much anticipated bout between HOP’s Walid Adenas and Amir Mohammed (Team Wiseman ABC) did not disappoint. Both boxers starting fast and landing with heavy blows. It was the straight punching and fitness that won the bout in the end by a unanimous for Walid Adenas.
HOP’s Ryan Cayford, took on Basingstokes Will Nimako after three rounds of a very evenly matched contest Nimako took the unanimous decision of the judges.
Top of the bill was the long awaited rematch between HOP’s Elite Senior Southern Counties Champion Biola Kudus and the very experience Ed Lawrence (Moulscombe ABC). After Kudos won the Southern Counties Regional championship last season, a few thought that he was lucky to get the decision.
However this time was more decisive as Kudos picked his punches well against the swarming and tough Lawrence, Kudos used his height and reach well, together with some classy combinations and lightning hand speed to win the bout.
More success for HOP on the International front as JABA National Champion Ben Bendlereceived another England training camp call up, in light of his national title win last season. As England start gearing up there top boxers for forthcoming International events in the future.
H.O.P Head Coach of “Junior boxer” Paul Kapnisi said “I am delighted to get our boxers out so early in the season, ready for the forthcoming championships”. An early bout in the season allows the coaches to see where the boxer is in preparation for the forthcoming championships.
HOP Boss – “Q” Shillingford was very happy with the show, he said, the bouts were all very well matched and some could have gone either way. The boxing show was packed, which made the atmosphere for all the boxers a lot better. H.O.P would like to thank the ABA officials for all there hard work and ensuring the show was supported and run professionally.
“And A big thank you to the HOP Coaches and volunteers who did a great job in setting up the event and running the show from start to finish”.