The Heart of Portsmouth Boxing Academy (HOP) held their end of season boxing show on Sat 3rd July 2010. Clubs from as far as London and other parts of the Southern Counties attended. The show had 11 well matched bouts with plenty of action. Numbers swelled as the boxing commenced at 1pm on Saturday afternoon at the St Luke’s Sports Centre in Portsmouth. First boxer on was Duane Foster against Steve Miah Northolt, London. Duane giving away height and reach and also experience, was unlucky not to get the decision. After three very close rounds of non stop action Miah won on a close majority decision.
Leon Parvin put in a fine performance using his natural foot work and boxing skill to out maneuver his opponent, and showing great development as he was having his second bout for HOP this season. Leon lost on points to Darren Wheeler IOW.
Talented boxer HOP boxer Lucas Ballingall put in an exciting appearance for HOP as he used his fast hands and explosive power to dominate his opponent Charlie Wilson from Fulham London. Ballingall won on a unanimous decision of the judges.
HOP Team Mate Jesse Douglas, boxed to instructions to win on a unanimous decision of the judges against Mark Barnes from Hayes ABC. HOP Coach Yinka Bellow commented “This was to date Jesse’s best performance using his boxing skills and change of pace to ensure his HOP win”.
Henry Eley (HOP) put in a very gutsy performance showing a lot of heart and determination as his non stop action bout brought the crowd to their feet, after three exciting rounds Henry lost on a close majority points decision to Char Singh Launcston ABC.
HOP hot prospect Ollie Langton pushed his boxing record to 6 bouts 5 wins as he clocked up a first round stoppage against Gary Hoested from IOW, once Ollie found his range with his rear hand, it wasn’t long before the referee was waving the bout over, after Langton caught his opponent flush on the chin with two rear hands.
Head coach of HOP junior boxer’s Paul Kapnisi was delighted with all the boxers’ performance and commented “The Junior squad is developing nicely; they are listening to what they are told in the corner and boxing to instructions”.
The last bout proved to be an excellent show closer as John Beedham from London faced HOP powerhouse Martin Yorke. Advice after the first round from HOP Head coach of Senior boxers Colin Williams, saw Martin swarm in with fast combinations to win his bout, the all action contest had the packed crowd on their feet as York took a majority decision of the judges.
HOP Boss “Q” Shillingford said “This is our second year as a boxing club and the coaches, boxers and club volunteers are all doing an excellent job. I would like to publicly thank local boxing clubs, Waterlooville, City of Portsmouth and clubs from the IOW Ventnor and Newport for supporting the show with there talented young boxers also the Hants officials who gave up their time so that young people can do sport on a Saturday afternoon. HOP is looking forward to an enjoyable summer boxing camp starting on Monday 26th July 2010 and the new season commencing in September 2010”.
The Heart of Portsmouth is growing from strength to strength due to the clubs ability to provide the Boxing Academy requirements from voluntary contribution of time, expertise and boxing based activities. A Big Thank You to all at HOP.