Biola Kudus - Gold MedalistTanya Bowyer Gold MedalistKieron Rodden Gold Medalist

The Heart of Portsmouth Boxing Academy (H.O.P) was celebrating this weekend after 3 Gold and 1 Silver medal were added to their already successful 2012 boxing season. H.O.P entered 8 boxers in this year’s event, with 4 getting medals as all the boxers gave first class performances. The Haringey Cup, which took place at Alexander Palace in london is an International open boxing tournament that last over 4 days with 3 days of competitive youth (17 & 19yrs) and senior boxing. Gold Medal’s for H.O.P’s (Cruiser weight 86kg) Biola Kudus and female boxerTanya Bowyer (64kg) and CYP National Finalist Kieran Rodden at (57kg)

H.O.P’s 1st Haringey Cup Gold Medalist – Biola Kudus had to box twice to reach the final however and as usual Kudus let his fist do the talking as his Semi Final lasted less than one round as he stopped Sean Williams (New Addington ABC). Within the first 30 seconds of the first round. Williams was ill at ease with the punch power of H.O.P’s fast developing cruiserweight puncher Kudus. Then a swift rear hand cross had the referee counting the opponent for the first time. Kudus stepped in for the finish and a solid three punch combination which had the referee waving the bout over and Kudus was through to the final. In the final Kudus faced the talented Aaron Gribbon (Edmonton Eagles ABC). Kudus dominated from the start, using his long range punches to full affect before moving in to score with combinations. In the third round Kudus uped the pace and landed a clean short rear hand punch which floored Gribben, who was unable to get up. for the count. Kudus who won Silver in last year’s tournament has got plenty to be proud about, as this year he went all the way.

Last season’s CYP National finalist Keiran Rodden showed his form as he pulled out three solid performances to win the Haringey Gold this year, after reaching the semi final stage, he faced Matthew Avis (Rumbles Boxing Academy) which after a class demonstration of boxing skills he won by a unanimous decision of the judges. Then in the Haringey Cup Final he beat the very worthy David Moore (Chelmsford ABC) after three very tough rounds of all out action Rodden was declared the winner on points, to claim his Gold Medal and H.O.P’s second. of the tournament.

H.O.P’s newest female member Tanya Bowyer made a lasting Haringey Cup debut as she won H.O.P’s third Gold Medal on points in her final against Elena Ivanova (Finchley ABC). Three rounds of non stop action at a very fast pace as both boxers landed very good punches, however Bowyers fitness and determination showed through at the end of every round to keep her ahead of the bout and win her the Haringey Gold and the clubs third medal.

Another of H.O.P’s rising start’s Connor Jepson put in a very brave attempt in taking on the talented Jordan Blake (Repton ABC). Jepson’s non stop attacks and fast footwork made the Repton boxer have to work very hard to win his Gold Medal as Jepson went down on a point’s decision of the judges and was presented with the Harigey Cup Silver.Medal. and H.O.P’s fourth Medal of the tournament.

Last years Haringey Cup Gold Medalist, Leeann Bourne put in a very good performance and was unlucky to go out on points to Louise Mitchell (Holyrood ABC) Scotland. As did another new H.O.P recruit Mateusz Ziolkowski who took on the seasoned Ronnie Nakwaze (West Ham ABC). Both boxers put up an excellent four rounds of boxing with the West Ham boxer getting the decision on points. Another good performance was made by last years Haringey Cup.Silver Medalist H.O.P’s Terry Singh who boxed Umar Khawaja (Dale Youth). Singh lost on a close point’s decision of the judges.

Disappointment came in the form of a shock defeat to Last years Haringey Cup Gold Medalist H.O.P’s Heavyweight star Greg Bridet, who took on Gary Daley from (Southend ABC). Bridet who beat Daley soundly in the ABAE Semi Finals earlier this year seemed to have done the same, but the decision went against this year Novice Champion U 20 bts and Senior Open Finalist 2012.

H.O.P Coach “Q” Shillingford said “All the H.O.P boxers put in another top rate performance representing the club, Portsmouth, Hampshire and Southern Counties to the highest level. It has been a great Haringey Cup four days; All the boxers and coaches have enjoyed themselves. The club is very disappointed with the Greg Bridet decision but he will take it on the chin and will be back in action next season. “Q” continued. However before Bridet can take a rest he has been called to attend a GB assessment weekend in Sheffield this weekend, as the GB Boxing Coaches are now beginning to assess the potential in the country for the 2016 Olympic Games. We wish him the very best.

H.O.P’s talented Light Heavyweight star Ryan Colquhoun could not compete in this year Haringey as he was also selected to attend a GB Selection Assessment weekend at the home of the Olympic Boxers in the English Institute of Sport in Sheffield. H.O.P Coach Colin Williamsexplained, Ryan has won a Gold Medal at the Haringey Cup in 2010. He was ready to enter again but was nominated to attend a GB assessment squad on the same weekend. We are all very proud of him.

H.O.P will be hosting there annual Heart of Portsmouth Boxing Academy Awards Presentation evening on Friday 29th June 2012 at the Royal Maritime Club, Queens Street, Portsmouth. Boxers from all categories from the club will be nominated and presented with their awards.

The awards groups will be for all the boxers in the club including – Minnows, minors, schoolboys, juniors, Females, Seniors Awards for each category – Best Boxer, Most Dedicated, Most improved, H.O.P’s Boxer of the year. The Heart of Portsmouth Boxing Academy Presentation evening is the clubs way of congratulating and thanking all the boxers, coaches and volunteers who give up there valuable time all year to support the club and the local boxing shows throughout the season.

H.O.P has done very well this year and everyone involved can be very proud of the clubs success. It is the commitment, dedication, respect and passion of the team that makes the Heart of Portsmouth beat.