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HOP Team (from top left to right) coaches Matt Fenton, Carl Lane, HOP boxer Harry Brown, coaches Colin Brown and David Johnston. (Bottom left to right) Lloyd Farrington, Oliver Fenton and Sonni Driscoll

The Heart of Portsmouth Boxing Academy (HOP) was celebrating this weekend after 4 of their boxers got through the Southern Counties stage of the England Boxing schoolboy championships 2016.   The four reigning Hampshire & Isle of Wight boxing champions have been preparing for the national tournament for months.

HOP’s quartet includes – St Edmunds students Harry “Bomber” Brown and Oliver “Fast Hands” Fenton both secured good performances to ensure they move forward to the next stage of the England Schoolboy national championships.

Cowplain Secondary School student’s Lloyd “The Animal” Farrington, totally out boxed and out punched his opponent to win on a unanimous decision and his team mate and school friend Sonny “The Baby Faced Assassin” Driscol, won the title on a walkover as his opponent withdrew from the tournament.   All four boxers now face The Western Counties Champions this weekend.

Southern Counties Champion – Farrington (HOP) took on Luke Goddard (Guildford)  Farrington used crisp fast hand speed with devastating punches to out punch and outbox his opponent to head and body to a clear point’s win of the judges.

Southern Counties Champion – Oliver Fenton (HOP) took on Brandon Adam (Southampton Boxing Club) – Fentons’ silky boxing skills and fast foot work proved too much for his opponent.  Fenton used his ring craft very well to a comfortable point’s win of the judges.

Southern Counties Champion Harry Brown (HOP) took on Joe McCarthy (Sandwich Boxing Club).  From the bell, Brown unloaded with heavy punches to assert his dominance in the bout. Then Brown delivered a sustained attack with the speed and accuracy of a Gatling gun. After a standing count, brown attacked again, this time forcing the referee to stop the contest immediately. To save his opponent from further punishment.

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HOP Boxers from left to right: Sonni Driscoll, Lloyd Farrington, Oliver Fenton and Harry Brown.

All four boxers will wait and see which opponents come through the Western Counties Championship to meet the Southern Counties Region on Saturday 14th May 2016, which is expected to take place at Bodmin.

HOP Head Coach “Q” Shillingford, commented – all the boxers have worked very hard prior to the England Schoolboy Championships. They were in the gym over the summer holidays last year and over Christmas/ Easter. The coaching team have been committed and dedicated as much as the boxers to ensure all the boxers have the best chance of reaching the national final and winning the national title.  The four young men have a massive task ahead of them, physically and mentally but they are well supported by the club and we are all looking forward to the next round of the championships.  They have represented the H.O.P, Portsmouth and Hampshire and Isle of Wight with great performances in the Southern Counties Stage of the England Boxing Schoolboy Championships.