The Heart of Portsmouth Boxing Academy put on another bumper show full of action with 15 bouts on Saturday 3rd October 2015. Numbers swelled as the bell rang at the Charter Sports Centre, Portsmouth.
The show started with four skill bouts for the up and coming boxers all of which proved they are ready to go to the next level. HOP’s Alfie Marsland, Morgan Fewings, Taylor Smith all boxed well and are now ready for competitive boxing.
HOP’s Tyler Hall, showed his class as he comfortably outpointed Tyler Stanley. Hall contolled the centre of the ring and used his speed and accuracy to dominate the bout which proved too much for Stanley as Hall ran out a unanimous point’s winner. This was a good win for Hall as he prepares for the national championships.
Bailey Fowler put in a top class performance as he got a stoppage win against Archie Bye (Kemsing Boxing Club). Fowler’s blistering hand speed and switch of attack to head and body saw the referee halt the bout in the third round. This was a good win for Fowler as he prepares for the national championships.
Sam McKeown took on Frankie Bates Cowplain Boxing Academy, after three very well matched rounds, Bates won the contest on a split decision.
HOP’s national finalist Paris Williams was up against National Champion Simran Kaur (Merridale Boxing Club) this was a stiff test for Williams and she did not disappoint with her relentless attacks. Kaur showed her experience as she countered well and edged each round to win on points.
Another very close contest was boxed between HOP’s Cameron Geraldes who took on Ashley Chamberlain (Newport Boxing Club). Again the judges were divided and Chamberlain got the points decision.
HOP’s rising star and hot prospect Walid Adenas proved again he can mix it at national level as he lost on a tight split decision of the judges to the very experience and top rated boxer Hassan Mahmood (Strike 06 Boxing Club) Mahmood edged the first round using his boxing skill and classy footwork. Adenas switched tactics in the second round and forced the pace with heavy and relentless attacks to head and body. Mahmood tried to mix it with the strong and relentless Adenas and used all his experience to defend from the attacks. The third round was a very exciting affair with both boxers eager to show their strength and skills. Mahmood won on a split decision of the judges and Adenas proved he is at national level and can mix it with the very best in the country.
Final Bout of the afternoon saw Heavyweight Jake Defreitas on his debut bout for HOP. Defreitas box well against the very determined and strong Wojciech Jankowski (Strike 06).
Defreitas used his stiff and firm jab well and then slammed rear hands over the top. A sustained attack in the second round saw the referee issue a standing count to Jankowski. Defreitas put in a sustained attack with heavy hooks to head and body forcing the referee to stop the bout in favor of Defreitas.
HOP Head Coach Q Shillingford was very happy with the event, he said this show was put on to promote amateur boxing within the city of Portsmouth; all the bouts were very evenly matched and some could have gone either way. We have got some very good talent in the city who are showing promise in going all the way to the top of their sport. H.O.P would like to thank the officials for all their hard work and ensuring the show was supported and run correctly. And big thank you to the HOP Coaches and volunteers who did a great job in setting up the event and running the show from start to finish. Team work.