Tom Johnson winning the Southern Counties Junior ABA titleH.O.P Boxer Tom Johnson won the Southern Counties Junior ABA Title on Saturday 27th April 2013 at Brighton at his first attempt. Johnson who has had a series of wins recently stepped in against Jake Graham (Battlebridge ABC). The bout was a tough affair with Johnson keeping control of the bout through out each round. Johnson used his jab very well, to score points and set up attacks and proved to fit and strong for the Battlebridge ABC boxer. Johnson won on a unanimous points decision of all 5 judges.

Jack Featherstone in actionH.O.P’s Jack Featherstone put in a classy performance against the very creditable Mackenzie “Whacker” Walker (Golden Ring ABC). The exciting anticipated bout did not disappoint as both boxers tore into each other from the start, Featherstone using blistering hand speed and very good footwork to keep the aggressive, heavy handed walker at bay and taking a clear lead after round one. In the second round Walker showed his form, stepping up the pace and switching from head to body, leaving both boxers needing a strong last round. Featherstone did not disappoint, he kept his cool but upped the pace and used all his ring experience to out maneuver his opponent and score at long range before landing some very effective body shots to secure his victory and a place in the Southern Counties ABA Final where he will meet finalist Sam Noakes (Westree ABC) on Sunday 5th May 2013 in Camberley.

HOP’s other finalist are NABC Champion Mateusz Ziolkowski who will meet National Champion Louie Edmundson (Golden Ring ABC) in a very evenly matched contest and England International Ben Bendle also meets Ernest Rutherford (Golden Ring ABC) to decide the Southern Counties crown 2013.

H.O.P Junior Coach Paul Kapnisi was very happy with the boxer’s performance at the weekend and said they all boxed to instructions and are well prepped for the next round.

H.O.P Boss – “Q” Shillingford said “This only being Tom Johnson 11th amateur bout, is a great achievement. Johnson works very hard in the gym and has taken the first step in reaching the next level. Featherstone is in great shape and proved his form as a Regional boxer and is ready for the next level, both physically and mentally. The club is very proud of them both.”