Heart of Portsmouth Boxing Academy (HOP) had mixed fortunes this weekend after a hard three days of boxing competitions. The first round of the NABC Championship on Friday 4th October 2013 proved disappointing after Tom Johnson put on a superb performance against J Kennedy (Golden Ring ABC) only to be denied the win by the judges, Senior HOP Coach Colin Williams was very disappointed with the result.
The next day, Saturday 5th the HOP team travelled to Brentwood Show to take on there local boxers and the mighty (Repton ABC).
Harry Brown had a tough bout against Repton ABC’s Thomas Rolfe after three hard fought rounds Brown won on a point’s decision. HOP’s Joe Hunt put in a good back to season performance by winning on points against George Harrison (Brentwood ABC).
There was disappointment for Tyler Hall, who left his attack a little too late and lost on points to Repton ABC Johnny Hanrahan.
HOP Coach Colin Brown – was very impressed with all the boxers and feels that there preparation for the schoolboy championships are off to a good start.
Senior Novice Championship – In the First round of the senior novice championships HOP had 4 entries, who all boxed really well. Ryan Cayford boxed well with a very close encounter against Will Namako (Basingstoke ABC), after three rounds of a very entertaining contest, Namako won on points.
HOP War Horse Ahmed Adenas proved too much for the tough Zishaun Malik (Folkestone ABC) as he set the bout at a ferocious pace from the start, the bout was stopped in the third round in favor of Adenas. Ahmed Adenas was going to be pulled out after the bout as he had hurt his hand but insisted on competing, so then faced last year’s U10’s national finalist, Jordan Hughes (Moulscombe ABC). After a great three rounds of boxing Hughes got the points decision of the judges.
HOP Middleweight Eric Nwanko, boxed well against the seasoned boxer Rueben Lines, but ran out a points runner up.
HOP’s hard hitting Ed Murrison proved a force to be reckoned with as he took the highly regarded and Olympic Hopeful Jonothan Francois. The bout did not disappoint, but it was Murrison’s hard hitting southpaw jabs which proved too much for the Gym 01 opponent.
Senior boxers head coach – Colin Williams explained we were concerned, as Gym 01 ABA of England Full Badge Coach Wayne Kong Gardiner had high hopes for his boxer. However Ed Murrison boxed to instructions and used his boxing skill to outbox and out maneuver Francois, to get his unanimous decision. Ed will have a tough round next as he takes on Kieran Hughes (Titchfield ABC). HOP Coach Jason Evans – feels if Ed focus on what he has to do, he can go along way in the sport.