Keiron Rodden wins Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Hampshire & Hertfordshire County Rounds Title (Class A) ChampionshipThe newly formed Heart of Portsmouth Boxing Academy (HOP) was celebrating again this weekend after 14 yr old Kieran Rodden, who attends St Edmunds Catholic School, won the Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Hampshire & Hertfordshire County Rounds Title (Class A) Championship on Sunday 7th February 2010, held in Berinsfield.

Head coach of the HOP Junior boxers Paul Kapnisi was delighted with Kieran’s performance and put it all down to his dedication and commitment in his training. Kieran had to box twice to win his Championship Title, the first bout was against Wayne Healy from Berinsfield ABC, the bout was very tough but Kieran’s superior fitness and strength pulled him through to a unanimous decision of the judges. The second bout and Regional Final, Rodden faced a very tall order, Joe Scott from Reading ABC. Who had 18 bouts and 15 wins (he was also predicted to do very well in this years National CYP boxing championships). Kieran had to work hard from the off, pressurizing Scott with two fisted attacks to head and body to win his 2nd unanimous decision of the day.

HOP Boss “Q” Shillingford praised Rodden’s success adding, the coaches at HOP have worked very hard to get Kieran to National level, we have taken him all over the country to get him elite sparring with the best in the country, at the CYP National Championships Rodden thanked all the HOP team, by entering a national championship bout at regional level and winning comfortably then, two hours later, displayed another top quality performance produced a unanimous win.

“Q” added that Kieran’s Dad (Steven Rodden) has given up a lot of his time to support his son in his training, with mileage and time and I am very proud of them both.

What was also clear to see at the CYP Championships was the support from the Portsmouth Boxing Clubs, as we all move forward together to the National Quarter Finals stage at Bristol on Saturday 13th February 2010. The Portsmouth Boxing team is working as one, supporting, sparring and encouraging each other. Boxing in Portsmouth city is Buzzing at the moment with the recreational (non contact) activities in the schools and the youth clubs and the competitive boxing in the local clubs. Whether our Cities young person’s are competing or taking the National boxing awards programme, our cities boxing clubs are working hard to keep them off the street and helping them to achieve, all this hard work will breed success and future champions. “Q” was also delighted to hear that Bob Taylor has open a new boxing club in Copnor, HOP has assisted Mr Taylor with boxing gloves and pads for his newly formed club, I am sure it will not be long until “Copnor Boxing Club” at the Stacey Centre will be churning out champions.

The HOP “Half Term Boxing Camp” (15-19 Feb ’10) delivering the GB National Boxing Awards programme will be run at the at St Luke’s Sports Centre, Greetham Street, and is FREE of charge as it is funded by the Community Initiative Programme (CIP).

The Boxing Camp is for young people from the age of 5 – 16yrs, the week, 1 hour a day programme is free and teaches the basics of boxing (non contact) part of the National Boxing Awards programme. For beginners and the semi contact for carded boxers. To book onto the HOP Half term Boxing Camp please email Liz on p.j.scotney@btinternet.com or ring 07904 596687.

The National Boxing Awards takes a boxer from walking into a school (after school club) or the local boxing gym, knowing nothing about boxing to getting into the ring for their first bout.