H.O.P had a very busy Saturday this weekend, when they travelled to Hornchurch ABC Show in Rainham. H.O.P had five of there boxers in action
HOP’s Bailey Fowler took on GB number one Jamal Khan (Repton ABC). Donald was not fazed by his opponent’s reputation and took the opportunity with both hands, after three fairly even rounds, Khan got the points decision.
HOP Coach Ray Hunt commented – Bailey boxed superb and the experience at this level is a great preparation for the season and the schoolboy championships this year.
HOP’s Joe Coltas put in a fine display of combination punching and switch of attack as he proved to much for Alex Costa (Hornchurch ABC), every time the tough Costa attacked Coltas had an answer and countered very well, winning on a clear points win.
HOP’s Jack Fenton put in a gutsy performance against a heavier and strong opponent Ryan Cogan (Hornchurch ABC). The bigger Cogan tried to bully Fenton, however fast counter attacks and a very strong first round proved decisive as Fenton won on a unanimous decision.
HOP’s Tyler Hall faced an awkward opponent in Southpaw George Lock again the bigger Lock looked to bully Hall out of the contest, but sharp counters and surprise attacks were well timed by Hall. The judges gave the decision to Lock after three very well boxed rounds. HOP Coach Matt Fenton said – Tyler has so much talent and is looking better and better, he can go a long way and has a lot to offer the sport.
Disappointment met HOP’s Joe Hunt after taking on England Schoolboy boxing champion 2012, Sonny Ali (Hornchurch ABC). Joe boxed out of his skin, taking most of the blows on the arms and gloves before throwing excellent counter punches on target and with force. Joe’s attacks were fast and accurate. Hunt was also presented with the best away boxer trophy for the tournament.
HOP coach “Q” Shillingford was very disappointed with the decision but added – Joe Hunt boxed to instructions and put on a fine performance, how far he goes in this sport is up to him. All the HOP boxers represented HOP to the max, one of the referee’s at the show came into the changing room to comment on how well schooled and fit the HOP Boxers were.
“Q” added the success of the athletes is down to the hard work and commitment of the HOP 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.