The Heart of Portsmouth Boxing Academy (H.O.P) was celebrating this weekend after four boxers reached the semi final stage of the Haringey Cup 2014. Two of which won Gold Medals.
HOP boxer, Ryan Cayford boxed superbly in the quarter final stage winning his bout on a clear point’s decision against Billy Parker (Southampton Boxing Club). In the semi final Cayford faced Will Namako (Basingstoke Boxing Club) Cayford was caught with a heavy blow in the second round which forced the referee to stop the contest.
HOP boxer Tom Johnson proved his ability to move up to the next level after putting on a good performance against the highly decorated Jack Stringer (Golden Ring Boxing Club), after three very tough rounds both boxers giving there all. Stringer won on a unanimous decision of the judges. HOP Head coach of the senior boxers, Colin Williams said – Tom Johnson has really stepped up to the next level this year, he beat National Champion Ernie Rutherford recently and now pushed Jack Stringer all the way to the bell. Colin Williams said – Tom is going from strength to strength, he did not get the decision, but we are very impressed with his performance and his development this year.
HOP’s England International Ben Bendle proved his win against 5 times Ireland Champion Cormac Long (Rathkeale Boxing Club) in the Light Heavy – 81kg class was no coincidence. Bendle beat Cormac Long in the England v Ireland match early in the year in Basingstoke.
Long who has been selected to represent his country in the Commonwealth Games 2014, was looking to gain revenge at this match. But Bendle stuck to the game plan and boxed to the instructions of Coach Colin Williams to deliver another well earned point’s win. In The Haringey Boxing Cup Final the next day, Bendle cruised to a unanimous win against the very game Chris Kasongo (Earl Shilton Boxing Club). Bendle has also joined HOP team mates Ebonie Jones, Paris Redman by being asked to attend a GB Talent weekend camp in July 2014.
Another of HOP’s Rising star’s Ahmed Adenas made sure of his Gold Medal this year having to settle for Silver this time last year in the championships.
Adenas left nothing to chance, as he relentlessly poured on the pressure against both his opponents, in the semi final he boxed Arez Al-Dalo Narva, (Stockholm Boxing Team) and in the final he beat Bobby Woods (Wembley Youth Boxing Club).
HOP Coach Sami Elslamanabi commented – Ahmed Adenas who is very committed and dedicated to his training, he put in a great performance and all his hard work in the gym has allowed him to win the Haringey Cup gold Medal. Adenas won on unanimous decision of the judges on both bouts.
HOP Head coach “Q” Shillingford MBE, said – This was a good end of season event and a great team effort by HOP.
HOP has had another tremendous season and this is all down to the hard work and dedication of the coaching team and dedicated boxers in the gym. The coaches and boxers are going from strength to strength; lots of boxers are moving up to the next level.
HOP will have a short break, then start preparing the boxers for next season, which should prove to be very exciting.