The Heart of Portsmouth Boxing Academy (H.O.P) was celebrating again this weekend after HOP’s England International boxer Ivy-Jane Smith notched up another important win on her string of victories beating Scottish Champion Victoria Glover (Duries Boxing Club) in Glasgow. The bout took place on Sunday 13th December 2015 at Kings Park Hotel, Rutherglen,Glasgow.
Smith having beaten all boxers in England at her weight and the weights above and below, is having to travel further afield to get the experience she needs. Her last bout was in the European Championships 2015, where she reached the Semi Final and was a Bronze Medalist.
HO.P Head Coach “Q” Shillingford, said – Glover was a strong come forward boxer with a brave heart, relentless with her attacks. But Smith, set off determined to win, landing heavily in the first round and setting a phenomenal pace. In the second round, Smith Speed and fitness took over with clever footwork and boxing skill whilst landing cleanly to increase her score. In the third round and after another tactical change Smith then powered home to victory throwing fast and hurtful combinations at blistering speed to head and body. This secured the points win against a very experienced opponent. It was a long way to go for a bout (7 hours each way) but was well worth it. Smith was fit, strong and listened to what she was told, Smith has worked hard in the gym and come on so well over the last few months, her performance was perfect.
Smith’s commitment and dedication cannot be faltered. By travelling all that way giving away experience and home town advantage. You have to understand the Scottish love there boxing and tried to warn us what we were up against it, Smith took the whole situation in her stride and the whole club is very proud of her. The Scotland coaches and local people were very friendly and welcoming and were very complimentary about Smith boxing skills and ability.
HOP will be taking a full team to Scotland mid next year for a team match.
Smith and several members of Heart of Portsmouth Boxing Academy are now busy training for the England Boxing Youth Championships 2016, which kick off mid-January.
Another HOP Boxer, Heavyweight Jake Defreitas was also in action at the weekend as a support bout at the English Belt Championships in York Hall, Bethnal Green in London.
Defeitas again was up against a strong opponent Stephen Abentan (Limehouse Boxing Club).
In the first round Defreitas, was under attack with swarming hooks and rear hands, he defended and countered well. A change of tactics from the corner, sent Defreitas out working behind the jab before launching his own quick two fisted attacks. In the third round the opponent tired and Defreitas took control of the bout to run out a point’s winner of the contest. Coaches Ricky Jeffery, Sami Elslamanabi and Dave Johnson were all very proud of Defreitas and how he performed. That was Defreitas second bout and second win.