The Heart of Portsmouth Boxing Academy (HOP) was celebrating this weekend after 3 of their boxers got through the Semi Finals of the England Boxing schoolboy championships 2016.
HOP’s three musketeers includes –
St Edmunds students Oliver “Fast Hands” Fenton who’s opponent pulled out of the bout days before.
Cowplain Secondary School student’s Lloyd “The Animal” Farrington, who won on a unanimous decision on every judge’s card.
Sonny “Dynamite” Driscol, who schooled his opponent again winning by a unanimous decision of all of the judges.
All three boxers now move to the next round. The national semifinals where Southern/ Western/ Eastern Counties take on London and Home Counties.
HOP’s Head Junior coach Paul Kapnisi, commented – I am delighted with the boxers, they have trained very hard for this event and it is all paying off.” They must stay focused and train even harder for the Semifinals.
Southern Counties Champion – Oliver Fenton (HOP) walked over this round after his opponent pulled out of the competition days before.
Fenton now moves forward to the All England Semi Final Stage of the competition.
Southern Counties Champion – Lloyd Farrington (HOP) took on Eastern Counties Champion Francis Cooper (Chalvedon). Farrington used his boxing skills to out maneuver his opponent, by changing angles of attack and switch of attack to head and body. Farrington steamed in with a barrage of punches towards the end of every round to ensure his victory over a very tough and durable opponent.
Farrington now moves forward to the All England Semi Final Stage of the competition.
Southern Counties Champion – Sonny “Dynamite” Driscol took on Eastern Counties Champion John Lee Cunningham (Ernie Boxing Club). Driscol took control from the start with pain seeking rear hands through the middle followed with thunderous lead hand hooks to head and body. The determined Lee, tried to change tactics by out boxing Driscol who then used his boxing skills to trigger his opponent and two phased attacks to head and body. This was an excellent performance from Sonny “Dynamite” Driscol.
Head Coach of Heart of Portsmouth Boxing Academy “Q” Shillingford said – “The boxers are doing very well. The bouts are getting harder, the nearer they move forward to the National final stage of the English Schoolboy championships.
They face the London Champions next week, which will be another tough round but these boys are developing every bout they have, is another experience and another confidence boost to their preparation. The boxers have represented H.O.P, Portsmouth and Hampshire and Isle of Wight with great performances in all rounds of the championships. The coaching team are all doing a great job in there preparation, putting in extra hours of training both physical, technical and tactical to ensure the boxers are ready. They also have the added bonus of the local clubs in and around Portsmouth are working together and coming together for sparring in the week ahead of the championship bouts, so that the boxers in Portsmouth who are through to the next round are all being well prepared. The London round is always a bit tougher than most.
But the boxers are armed and dangerous and ready to rock n roll. Portsmouth was well represented at the England Schoolboy Championships quarter finals – Moneyfield’s, Team Wiseman’s all boxed very well and I felt proud that Portsmouth hade a lot of clubs in this stage of the National championships. The club sparring prior to the next stage of the championships are paying off for all clubs and most of all the young boxers of Portsmouth.
The HOP’s Three Musketeers will wait and see which opponents come through the London/Home Counties Round. The HOP team will then travel to Milton Keynes on Sunday 29th May 2016, to compete in the England Boxing schoolboy championship Semi Final.