H.O.P had a very busy weekend of amateur boxing, holding a local open boxing show on Friday 9th and then on the Saturday hosting the NABC Regional quarter finals 2012.
On Friday 9th November 2012, H.O.P had several of there boxers in action:
Harry Brown, Will Peach and Cody Byrnes all had skill bouts to add tothere experience and all did very well.
H.O.P’s Petey Jarvie clocked up his second win after a very exciting contest against Bradley Miller (Gosport ABC), after three hard fought rounds Jarvie was awarded a points decision of the judges.
H.O.P Sam Chadwick gave away Height, Reach, and experience to take on Jordan Hopkins (Runnymead ABC), again after three good rounds of boxing Hopkins got the points decision.
H.O.P’s Eric Nwanko took on the very talented Elliot Holt (Basingstoke ABC). The bout proved to be fairly even after the first round both boxers landing good clean punches, in the second round both boxer increased the pace, a well delivered rear hand counter caught Nwanko on the chin which saw the referee give him a standing eight count and stop the contest, in favor of Holt, much to the disappointment of Nwanko.
A very competitive bout between Jack Budd (H.O.P) and Martin Hillman (Bodyshots ABC). The bout was over 3×3 minute rounds with Hillman winning on a point’s decision.
Top of the Bill was the Light Heavy weight match between the former England ABA Champion Sam Pomphrey (Broadplain ABC) and H.O.P’s Ryan Colquhoun. Colquhoun took his chance to impress with both hands with a very good first round, keeping his strong and experienced opponent at long range with a variation of punches. In the second round both boxers again set a blistering pace as the national champion used all his skills and ability to draw Colquhoun into a fight; however the boxing game plan worked for Colquhoun. The last round was a toe to toe as Pomphrey went for all or bust, Colquhoun responded at close range with both boxers landing accurate and heavy blows. Colquhoun won the bout on points and has proven he has now moved up to the next level.
Head Coach “Q” Shillingford said – It was a very busy and successful weekend. All the boxers performed very well and all gave there best.
Ryan Colquhoun has had a very good run recently being excepted on the Portsmouth University “Elite Sportsman Scholarship” as a top level boxer. Plus his ongoing training camps at GB assessment camps that he is currently attending. This win against Pomphrey signifies that Ryan Colquhoun deserves to be up with the top level amateur boxers in the country. H.O.P are delighted that Portsmouth University are supporting Ryan in this way by helping him achieve his dreams and goals whilst he is studying at University.
Another boxer who has had an England squad training call up is last years ABA National finalist Robbie Matthews. Matthews attended Sheffield on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th November, again at the GB Training camp in Sheffield.
H.O.P Heavyweight Greg Bridet has now been accepted on the GB Development squad after completing four assessment squads. This means he will now attend GB Development squad training every two weeks for 4 days.
“Q” added the success of these athletes is down to the hard work and commitment of the coaches and volunteers in the gym. The gym is buzzing at the moment, lots of boxers training very hard as they can see what can be achieved with dedication, commitment and the right attitude.