Heart of Portsmouth Boxing Academy (H.O.P) International Boxer Ivy-Jane Smith has won her fourth national title and earned a place in the Three Nations tournament which will take place in Wales in mid-March 2016.
H.O.P had three boxers reach the final stages of the Youth championships.
Bailey Fowler put in a lifetime performance against a multi titled boxer Edward Barret (Hooks Boxing Club) and lost out on the narrowest of margins. Fowler has had a good season beating lots of highly ranked boxers including Portsmouth’s own Joe Butler. Fowler has come on leap and bounds this year after years of dedication and commitment, the hard work is all beginning to tell. He has been in the ring with some of the best boxers in the country and has either beaten them or held his own. We are expecting a lot from this young man.
Another of the HOP’s boxers and rising star is this year’s NABC National finalist Walid Adenas. Who stopped his quarter final opponent, Joe Chanilor (Sefton Boxing Club) with a body shot in the first round which forced him to be withdrawn before the sound of the second bell. This put the Portsmouth boxer in the National Semi Final against the very experienced Bradley Goldsmith (Triumph Boxing Club). Again Adenas was not fazed by his opponent and after three rounds of all action boxing he was on the wrong end of a tight split decision of the judges. HOP Head Junior Coach Paul Kapnisi explained – Both the boxers performed very well and did themselves and the city proud. The next year is going to prove very exciting for these two young men.
HOP’s, Multi titled Ivy-Jane Smith used different tactics to ensure her fourth national title win in Magna Centre, Sheffield on over the three day event. In her semifinal she boxed the very experienced Emma Dolan (25 bouts won 20). Dolan a tall long and strong athlete who has a fast come forward style. Smith had to use her switch of attack and change of angles to ensure her opponent could not use her height advantage. Variation of punches and phased attacks ensured a unanimous win for Smith and booked her into the National finals.
The next day. In the finals Smith faced another experienced boxer in Tysie Gallagher (Luton Boxing Club), Gallagher’s come forward relentless Style, was subdued as Smith then went on the back foot, using slick and fast footwork to out maneuvered her opponent by switching from southpaw to orthodox an using the ring to her advantage. Every now and again with swift attacks from head to body.
Again HOP head Coach “Q” Shillingford was very impressed with his charge and said – Smith put on a great exhibition of boxing as an art, moving and hitting, switch of attack, switching from orthodox to southpaw to frustrate and confuse her opponents. We are all very proud of all the boxers in the championship. They all came and gave a fantastic account of themselves and the level of boxing we hold in the city of Portsmouth.
All the boxers trained over the summer and Christmas as part of their preparation for the national championships. It was a great team effort as the HOP Coaches are in the gym most nights supporting young people achieving their dreams.