landing a point against Mason GallagherBoxers, Coaches, Officials and spectators braved the Christmas winter weather to ensure the Heart of Portsmouth Boxing Academy (HOP) show happened on Saturday 18th December 2010. Amateur Boxing Clubs from as far as Oakmead and Walcot as well as local clubs from Copnor, Waterlooville and Wecock attended. The HOP open boxing show had 10 well matched bouts with plenty of action.

Bouts included two HOP skill bouts (Joe Hunt (HOP) and Duane Foster (HOP) and (Elias Cole (HOP) and Henry Eley). Numbers swelled as the boxing commenced at 1pm on Saturday afternoon at the newly named Charter Community Sports Centre.

First HOP boxer on was Robbie Patterson who had to give away weight as he took on Mason Gallagher, from Copnor ABC. After three very hard fought rounds Gallagher got the decision by only two points.

On his way to a points win over Billy HarleyHOP’s Callum Rodden notched up his first win on his boxing debut against Billy Harley (Oakmead), this was a good first bout for Rodden (younger brother of this years National finalist Keiron Rodden) as he was thoroughly tested in his bout, but Rodden’s long straight punches took its toll on his opponent as he won by a unanimous decision of the judges.

The ever improving HOP’s Billie Madden had a very good bout against local boxer Elizabeth Bowden (Wecock ABC) after a very well matched contest Bowden got a majority decision of the judges.

HOP and Former ABA Female National Finalist Tasha Cole had to work hard to win against tough Chelsea Beeton (Wecock ABC) both boxers fought very well; Cole’s combination punching got her a unanimous decision of the judges. This bout was well appreciated from the crowd, as both boxers gave their all.

Celebrates after winning against Chelsea BeetonHOP’s Jack Unsworth beat Waterlooville ABC boxer Ben Murray, Unsworth always in control using his height and reach advantage to pick his punches well against a tough and rugged Murray.

Show Closer did not disappoint as HOP’s Edward Murison gave all against the very experienced Peter Mallon (Oakmead ABC), Mallon with more experience had to work very hard to win his bout against the very talented ED Murray. HOP Coach Alex Von Luenen was very proud of Murison for his performance, and said “this was a great effort by Ed, who has a very bright future in amateur boxing”.

HOP Boss “Q” Shillingford said: Naturally I am delighted with the boxing show as more and more youngsters are getting involved in amateur boxing in the city, most of the HOP boxers competing today were having their first ever boxing experience and they all did very well. I would like to publically thank all who attended for giving up their time and effort to ensure that youngsters played sport in a safe and friendly environment and of course for braving the severe weather conditions. “This is our second competitive year as a boxing club and the coaches who voluntarily give up there time to teach/coach people how to box and the club volunteers are all doing an excellent job”.