Success Stories

HOP Boxers Sonny Driscol & Lloyd Farrington at England Boxing Training Camp

Sonny and Lloyd at England Boxing Training Squad

HOP Boxers Sonny Driscol and Lloyd Farrington 

Well done to HOP Boxers Sonny Driscol & Lloyd Farrington today at England Boxing Training Camp. Lots of sparring and tech work. Both represented the club very well and made their mark on the national scene. We are all proud of you gents. Don’t think you can, know you can! 👊🏾💥

Youngsters at Saturday Club working towards their GB Boxing Awards Programme

Great Saturday Club again.  Young kids getting fit and learning to box and going for their GB Boxing Awards 🥇

Well done to everyone that took part!

HOP Boxers Ahmed and Walid Adenas at World Refugee Day

Nice report on The Portsmouth News about the celebration of Word Refugee week.  Success of people in the community, making the most of life.

Inspiring time at the Refugee Week Celebration in the city of Portsmouth. Hosted by the Red Cross, The aim to highlight asylum seekers positive contributions in the communities and encourage a better understanding between communities.  Ahmed & Walid are both national level boxers and aiming very high in the sport.  To see these young men, after what they have been through is an incredible story. It was an honour to be asked to speak with these fine young men. 👊🏾💥


Haringey Box Cup 2017

A great weekend for team HoP in the Haringey box cup, 7 boxers entered. Ashleigh pond, Xian Blackman-price and Tyler hall boxed well but did not get the decision in their tight contests, still Quarter finalist.  Charlie Haylock and Greg Bridet both won in the quarter finals but fell a short in the semis, both boxed well and could have gone the other way on another day.  Bailey Fowler and Makeda Lewis both in finals today good luck🍀 to the both of you. Team HOP are proud of every single one of you. Also a big thank you to Martin Robinson, Mark Davies and Sami for going up there and doing a fantastic job in the corners. Great coaches, Great team!

Well done team!

HOP Boxers pull off hat trick wins

HOP Boxer Tilly Hymers

HOP Boxer Tilly Hymers

Well done to all our HOP boxers Tilly Hymers for winning the Bristol Box Cup final.  Tilly won the bout on a third round stoppage of the referee.

HOP Boxer Bashir Khan

HOP Boxer Bashir Khan

Basheer Khan on his HOP debut winning his first bout on unanimous points win. Exciting times ahead!

HOP Boxer Tyler Stanley

HOP Boxer Tyler Stanley

Tyler Stanley boxed to instructions, read the bout really well against a tough opponent.   Massive well done to all our boxers this weekend from your HOP family.



Busy weekend Boxing for Heart of Portsmouth Boxing Academy

Heart of Portsmouth Boxing Academy had a busy weekend of boxing with 3 boxers stamping their mark nationally on the England Boxing scene. 

Farrington takes another step towards his second England Boxing Schoolboy Title

HOP’s Lloyd Farrington took another step towards the National schoolboy title as he dismissed Gabriel Nieckarz in the pre quarter stage of this year’s championships.

Farrington who won the England Boxing Class A Schoolboy Championship title last year looked sharp and accurate as he attempts to win the England Boxing Schoolboy Class B Title.

Farrington made easy work against Nieckarz (Devonport Boxing Club).  Winning a unanimous decision of the judges.  Farrington forced the referee to give his opponent two standing counts in the closing stages of the bout as Lloyd ran out a unanimous points winner.


HOP Boxer Lloyd Farrington with coaches Dave and Carl. Good win at the England Boxing Schoolboy Championships Pre Quarter Finals Round

HOP Boxer Lloyd Farrington with coaches Dave and Carl. Good win at the England Boxing Schoolboy Championships Pre Quarter Finals Round

The Heart of Portsmouth Boxing Academy put on another bumper show full of action, on Saturday 6th May 2017. Numbers swelled as the bell rang at the Pyramid Centre, Southsea.

HOP’s Ozzy Jatta put in a strong performance against a very game Jack Murphy (Newport Boxing Club).  Jatta came out with some fast jabs in the first round. Forcing his opponent into the ropes. In the second round Jatta began to use switch of attack tactics from head to body. The last round saw Jatta forcing the pace behind hurtful jabs and close range bent arm punches.

Jatta won on a unanimous decision of the judges.

HOP Boxer Ozzy Jatta with Coaches Dave, Colin and Suraj. Good win on the home show.

HOP Boxer Ozzy Jatta with Coaches Dave, Colin and Suraj. Good win on the home show.

Bridét and Adenas make their Mark.

England Boxing – South of England – Light Welter Weight Title Belt (64kg)

First bout was HOP’s Ahmed Adenas who challenged belt holder Oliver Knight (British Army). Adenas started as he meant to go on, pressing his opponent with stiff pain seeking jabs, then heavy rear hand punches. Knight had to use all his boxing skill to try and keep the relentless Adenas at bay. But the Heart of Portsmouth boxer would not be denied, as he closed the ARMY Champion down using good footwork, balance and head movement, to slip punches before landing his own hurtful counter punches to the head and body. Adenas claimed the belt with a clear unanimous point’s win of all the judges.

England Boxing – South of England – Heavyweight Title Belt (91kg)

England Heavyweight Title Belt holder – HOP’s Greg Bridet accepted the challenge of England rank No.2 and this year’s Elite National finalist Nikosilath Ngwenya for his Heavyweight Title Belt. Bridet was not phased by his challenger record or national ranking, as he used his awkward southpaw jab to push the strong and stocky ARMY Champion back into the ropes, before unloading with his rear hand uppercut to head and body. Whilst Out working his opponent at long medium & short range. It was not long before the challenger began to feel the pace of the contest and was repeatedly warned for holding-on as he tried to stop the charge of the very fit and strong Bridet. Bridet won the bout on a point’s win of the judges and the first defence of his England title belt.

Greg Bridét - Winner of the England Heavyweight Title Belt 91kg

Greg Bridét – Winner of the England Heavyweight Title Belt 91kg

Louis Mitchell – lost on a split decision after a hard fought contest. Both boxers giving their all.

Heninettea Vasstrand was unlucky to drop a very close points decision against Claudia Havranek (Bognor) after three very exciting rounds with both boxers giving there all.  Henrietta lost on a very tight decision of the judges.

Bailey Ford put in a fine performance against a very experienced boxer, Ford had to raise his game after giving away experience and age but delivered a very good performance despite losing on a split decision.

A very tight decision went the wrong way for Tyler Stanley as he moved up a level to take on Clay Elmes.   After three rounds of nonstop action and great work from both boxers Elmes got the nod on a split decision.

Both Gareth Tennant and Grant McHardy made their HOP debut on the show.  Both putting in good performances and after three hard fought rounds lost on close point’s decisions.

HOP Head Coach – Q Shillingford – was very happy with the event, he said this show was put on to promote amateur boxing within the city of Portsmouth; all the bouts were very evenly matched and some could have gone either way.

Lloyd Farrington has worked really hard since winning the Schoolboy national title last season.  The Junior Coaching team are all behind him, as he moves forward towards his second national title. Farrington is now in the quarter final stage of the England Boxing Schoolboy championship.

Greg Bridet is back where he was before his lung collapsed which put him out of boxing for over 18 months. He has worked really hard to get back to the top of his Game. The HOP coaching team are giving him all the support they can to ensure he reaches his sporting dream.

Ahmed Adenas just like his brother Walid Adenas has moved up to the next level.  Before they were doing well but were boxing novice opponents. But now they are both boxing opponents of national level. Exciting times for both boxers ahead.

Ahmed Adenas - Winner of the South of England Light Welter weight Title Belt 64kg

Ahmed Adenas – Winner of the South of England Light Welter weight Title Belt 64kg

We have got some very good talent in the club who are all showing a lot of promise in going all the way to the top of the sport.

H.O.P would like to thank the officials for all there hard work and ensuring the show was supported and run correctly. And big thank you to the HOP Coaches and volunteers who did a great job in ensuring the event ran smoothly.



Lloyd Farrington picks Up Second Southern Counties Title

HOP boxer Lloyd Farrington with HOP coaches

Southern Counties Champion – Lloyd Farrington with HOP coaches (L-R) Carl Lane, Colin Brown and Dave Johnston

Heart of Portsmouth Boxing Academy were celebrating this weekend after Last Year Schoolboy Champion (Class A) Lloyd Farrington won his second Southern Counties Title in this year’s National Schoolboy Championship (Class B).

In the Hampshire Championship final Farrington beat Jayson Prior (Poseidon boxing club).  Then in the Southern Counties Final Farrington took on the highly regarded Sammi Khan (Guildford Boxing Club).  After three rounds of nonstop action farrington was awarded a well-deserved points win.    Farrington is now at the pre quarter final stage of the National event taking place in Camberley on Saturday 6th May.  Farrington will take on the Western Counties Champion Gabriel Nieckarz (Devonport Boxing Club).

HOP head coach “Q” Shillingford said HOP are very pleases with Farrington. Lloyd Farrington won the Schoolboy National Title class A last year and since then he has gone from strength to strength. Since winning the title, Farrigton has been invited and attended a few England talent and squad camps.

Farrington trains very hard in and out of the gym, putting in the extra miles and fitness training to ensure he is on top of his game for his competition.

Dave Johnston and the junior coaching team have all been working hard with the three youngsters preparing them for this year’s National Championship.

The Two other HOP boxers are also through to the next round of the championships by walkovers Louis Mitchell and Tilly Hymers respectfully.