Jack Featherstone

It was all action last weekend as Heart of Portsmouth Boxing Academy hosted their very first Dinner Boxing Show. Guests were treated to a drinks reception and a three course meal, prior to the boxing action at the Royal Maritime Club, Queens Street, Portsmouth. Then three hours of non stop action began.

Local boxing clubs, Titchfield, Ventnor (I.O.W), and Southampton were joined by boxing clubs from all over the south of the country; ABA clubs from Devon, London, East and West of the country took part in the very packed and successful show.

Three very entertaining skills bouts took place with all 10yr olds displaying very good and effective boxing skills, Oliver Fenton (H.O.P) boxed very well against Freddie Hayes (Bognor ABC), Petey Jarvie (H.O.P)and Sam Nuttall (Titchfield ABC) put in a fine performance as did Harry Brown (H.O.P) v Louie Dale (Ventnor ABC).

First Bout of the evening saw Joe Hunt (H.O.P) take on England Schoolboy Champion jamal Khan (Hygh Wycombe ABC) after three hard and well fought rounds, Khan won on a points decision.

The ever developing Duane Forster (H.O.P) took on the unbeaten Charles Frankham (Pinewood Star ABC); this was a great all action bout, with Frankham getting the majority points win of the judges.

Jack Fenton (H.O.P) outpointed Aiden Vitali (Bideford ABC), Fenton’s accurate jab scored repeatedly in the contest, and then followed up with an effective rear hand cross.

H.O.P’s Bailey Fowler had a revenge win against Wayne Hughes (King Alfreds ABC). Fowler lost a close decision on the SCABA v WCABA a month before however this time their was no mistakes as Fowler piled on the pressure with fast and accurate attacks from the start to finish, keeping the pressure on the Western Counties Schoolboy Champion. Fowler got the unanimous points decision of the judges.

Henry Eley (H.O.P) boxed George Horstaed ((Adur ABC) on a very close affair, both boxers giving there all. After three closely contested rounds. Horstead won on a Majority decision of the judges.

Oliver Langton (H.O.P) took on the highly rated Lewis Wells (Southampton A.B.C) this bout proved very tough as both boxers fought a blistering pace. Wells got the decision on points after a very entertaining match.

Jack Featherstone put in a fine performance against Jack Hillier (Southampton ABC), Jack used all his boxing skills to outbox and out maneuver the useful and game Hillier. Featherstone was also presented with boxer of the night trophy.

National CYP Champion Mateusz Ziolkowski (H.O.P) took on the highly rated and this years JABA National finalist, Alfie Little (Strood ABC) as once again the relentless Ziolkowski, proved he is a force to be reckoned with. Three very exciting rounds of non stop action left a very tight and difficult decision to the judges. Ziolkowski lost by one point against this year’s National Finalist, much to the disappointment of the crowd. Ziolkowski was also presented with best runner up trophy.

H.O.P’s Kieran Rodden, put in a back to form and solid performance at 57kg, he took on Matt Vaneminnis (Bideford ABC). Rodden kept control of the bout using his Southpaw stance and fancy footwork very effectively to out maneuver his strong and capable opponent. Rodden won on points.

Connor Jepson (H.O.P) kept his bout at long range, using his reach and hand speed to keep the dangerous Freddie Mutenure (Titchfield A.B.C) at bay. After three very exciting rounds Jepson won on points.

The last bout of the evening proved very exciting as H.O.P’s Eric Nwanko took on John Marvin (Ventnor ABC) both boxers who are both relatively new to the sport but sent out fireworks with both landing heavy and solid punches early in the bout, at this middleweight category. In the second round Nwanko moved forward with heavy attacks, Marvin responded with a swift one two combination which caught Nwanko on the chin. Nwanko went down and recovered from the punches but the referee had already waved the bout over, in favor of Marvin.

The Boxing Dinner Show was the first for the Heart of Portsmouth Boxing Academy as the club continues to grow. H.O.P Boss “Q” Shillingford explained this was a great night of amateur boxing, all the bouts were evenly matched and most of the point’s decision was on close majority verdicts, all the boxers performed very well. The club is delighted we have held our first Boxing Dinner Show and we will be looking to hold another in the near future. The club coaches and club volunteers did a fantastic job and put in a real team effort in organizing and ensuring the event happened.

Meanwhile H.O.P remain busy as England ABA Female Boxing Champion Ebonie Jones flies to Glasgow, Scotland this weekend (Saturday 9th June) to take on Vikki Glover (Duries ABC ) and Southern Counties JABA Champion Ben Bendle takes on Dennis Broadhurst (Doonhamers ABC).

Haringey Cup Gold Medalist – H.O.P’s Ryan Colquhoun has been nominated by the Southern Counties Regional Coach to attend a GB Olympic assessment weekend (81kg) at the home of the Olympic Boxing Camp in the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield. The weekend squad session which is taking place on Fri 22nd – Sun 24th June 2012 is to allow the GB coaches to identify the talent in and around the country as they now start to prepare for the 2016 Olympics in Rio Brazil. The Portsmouth University Student who has trained at H.O.P for the last three years is training very hard in preparation for his GB assessment weekend.

Ryan Colquhoun

Both H.O.P’s Senior ABA National Finalist 2012 – Heavyweight (91kg) Greg Bridet and the talented Robbie Matthews (Lightweight – 61kg) have also been selected to attend there respective weight groups weekends

The Heart of Portsmouth Boxing Academy is hard at work and busy preparing a team of ten boxers to enter this year’s Harringey Cup 2012 taking place at the Alexander Palace in London from Thursday 21st – Sunday 24th June 2012. With over 400 entries this year, competed over four days, the event is going to be tough and very exciting.

Past H.O.P Haringey Cup Gold Medalist include: Greg Bridet, Ryan Colquhoun, Leeann Boure and Camille Ducoutumany.