South Parade Pier – Friday 21st October 2011
The Heart of Portsmouth Boxing Academy (H.O.P) staged the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Boxing Championships (Senior Novices) 2011 at South Parade Pier, Southsea on Friday 21st October 2011. H.O.P organised the event on behalf of the Hampshire and IOW Amateur Boxing Association.
The evening was a little disappointing with only 3 of the titles being competed for, as the rest went on as walkovers. However H.O.P used the evening to show case their up and coming talent with some very well matched bouts with boxers in the local area.
One of the county championship bouts featured H.O.P boxer Ed Murison (67kg) who put on a great performance to unanimously outpoint Titchfield ABC boxer David Berry. Berry’s swarming, hooking style did not faze Murison as he stuck to his game plan of block and counter to rack up a convincing points win, scoring with accurate and hurtful punches, as Berry eye began to swell after the first round. The two other Hampshire title championship bouts were very well contested Fareham ABC Liam Watt had a toe to toe battle with Eastleigh ABC Steve Lynch, with the Fareham boxer getting the verdict, after a very tough bout. Dominic Powers (Lawrence ABC) against Dan Harper (Newport ABC) was also very explosive and exciting bout, both boxers exchanging heavy blows. Powers (Lawrence ABC) won on a point’s decision.
H.O.P’s army of boxers were queuing up, to box, as supporting bouts made up very late, to ensure the boxing show was a success.
Pete Jarvey (H.O.P) displayed a very impressive skills bout with Lennox Gill (Golden Ring).
Bailey Fowler (H.O.P) stuck to his boxing skills to outpoint the very persistent and rugged Harry Maggs (Fareham ABC).
H.O.P’s national champion Joe Hunt stepped up a weight to take on unbeaten Charles Frankham (Pinewood Star). After three rounds of non stop action Frankham got the decision on points.
George Stead (H.O.P) had to keep his wits about him to outpoint the strong and aggressive Daniel Everitt (Ventnor I.O.W). Stead increased his work rate every round to confirm another points win.
H.O.P’s Southern Area Champion Jack Featherstone put in a fine performance against the talented Reece Beasley (Golden Ring). Both boxers gave there all, delivering a fine array of punches. Beasley got the decision with only one point deciding.
H.O.P’s Jessie Douglass performed very well against the very experienced Leslie Stevens (Pinewood Star). Stevens got the decision on points.
Southern Counties JABA Champion Sam Ellwood (H.O.P) had a good bout against Danny Green (Ventnor I.O.W), both boxers scoring well. Ellwood’s combination punching began to tell in the last round as he notched up another point’s win.
Tadbir Ahmed (H.O.P) against Sam Boiling (City of Portsmouth) proved to be another exciting match with both boxers only on there second bout. Boiling won on a point’s decision.
Another boxer who moved up a weight to box was Terry Singh (H.O.P) against Jacob Gabriel (Basingstoke ABC) the bout proved to be an all action affair with Gabriel clinching a point’s win.
Other Hampshire champions who were awarded walkovers are listed below will now all move forward to the next round of the Senior Novice ABA Championships 2011.
Hants & IOW Champions 2011:
- Class A Under 57kg – S.Fahat (Portsmouth Uni ABC)
- Class A Under 63.5kg – M. McGurn-Stewart (Coopers ABC)
- Class A Under 75kg – C. Quinn (Golden Ring ABC)
- Class A Under 81kg – J.Wilson (Eastleigh ABC)
- Class A Under 86kg – B.Kudus (H.O.P ABC)
- Class A 91kg + – P.Johnson (Portsmouth Uni ABC)
- Class B Under 60kg – T.Singh (H.O.P ABC)
- Class B Under 63.5kg – J.Gabriel (Basingstoke ABC)
- Class B Under 67kg – S.Ellwood (H.O.P ABC)
- Class B Under 91kg – G.Bridet (H.O.P ABC)
H.O.P Boss “Q” Shillingford said, this was a great night of County and local amateur boxing, what is pleasing to see is the youngster’s in the city and local area all representing their local boxing clubs. The event was very well supported and big thank you to the H.O.P Boxing Academy, Coaches and Volunteers for making it happen and of course, the ringside officials who all did a sterling job.