Sid’s the Kid as he stars in boxing bonanza

Boxing Sid Williams (H.O.P) get the nod against an England Champion after a very exciting bout
Boxing Sid Williams (H.O.P) get the nod against an England Champion after a very exciting bout

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Sid Williams led the way for Heart of Portsmouth in a weekend boxing mega-bill.

Williams stunned England international and national champion Joe Temple at a packed event at Charter Sports Centre on Saturday.

The 13-year-old, nicknamed The Kid, showed great quality to take a points success over his opponent from Newham.

Williams showed his potential in the 40kg meeting as he boxed to instruction and caught a quick rival with impressive jabs and rear hands.

He was one of a host of HOP winners at the huge event, which staged 22 bouts, as it focused on the club taking on a Western Counties select side, with HOP running out 14-7 winners.

Williams was joined by Duane Foster who picked up a unanimous win over Mayflowers’ Conor Adaway, with his all-action style impressing.

Elias Cole delivered a second-round stoppage win over Downend’s Harvey Boyce, as his hurtful body shots led to the opposing corner retire their boxer.

Leeann Bourne had a debut to remember as her aggression saw her take a unanimous success over King Alfred’s Dion Luxon in an entertaining clash.

National Minnows champion Joe Hunt was again a winner in a well-matched meeting with Swales’ Joe Stacey.

Hunt’s timing and forward approach saw him get the verdict.

Both Kieran Rodden and his brother Callum grabbed successes in their outings.

Kieran took on Trowbridge’s Cory Smitherman, while Callum met Bognor’s Alfie Haven, with both upping the pace in the third round to win.

Oliver Langton shone in his meeting with City of Gloucester’s Marcus Preddy as he made it seven wins from eight bouts.

Langton’s southpaw stance troubled his opponent as he landed with heavy rearhands to get the unanimous win.

Billie Madden was given a tough assignment against Sweatbox’s Emily Harberfield, but she dug deep to take a unanimous verdict.

Mateusz Ziolkowski looks like one to watch for HOP, and he showed that as he picked up his third win on the bounce against St Austell’s Callum Dawson.

Connor Jepson was another HOP victor in a well-matched meeting with Bognor’s Jack Spear. Jepson’s cleaner work saw him get the verdict.

Ed Murison was in with a dangerous opponent but didn’t let that faze him as fine footwork and pinpoint shots saw him get the unanimous decision over MKV’s John O’Reilly.

Ebonie Jones made a fine debut in a skills bout with St Austell’s Millie Robinson.

Jack Fenton made his HOP debut, but it was Waterlooville’s Harrison Strange who got the verdict in a match-up which also saw him making his boxing bow.

Henry Eley, Driad Nurse, Josh Quantick, Jack Featherstone, Harley Hodgetts and Saw Ellwood were all also in action for HOP, but saw the decisions go against them.

HOP coach Q Shillingford was delighted with the performance of his club and the success of the day.

He said: ‘The bouts were great and the boxers did really well.

‘We won most of the contests but the match-making was very good and the performances of the boxers were a tribute to the ABA coaches and clubs.’

Hampshire & Isle of Wight ABA secretary Ken Charman also paid tribute to the officials who were present to help ensure a jam-packed show went well.

Judges Amanda Holloway, Julia Featherstone, Leslie Ball and Barry Miller, along with timekeeper Dennis Galloway, had to officiate a gruelling timetable of 22 bouts.

And Royal Navy Boxing Association referee Andy Matthews took charge of all the contests on a long day of action for the volunteers.

Charman said: ‘Each one of the officials performed to the highest standard. The refereeing and judging was impeccable through a marathon programme.’

HOP’s minnows were also in action as they travelled to Southampton for a skills bouts competition.

Oliver Fenton, Harry Brown, Woody Bale, Brandon Robinson, Presleigh Fairweather and Petey Jarvie were all in action and gave fine accounts of themselves.

HOP coach Paul Kapnisi said: ‘All six of the minnows squad showed great courage and skill on the day and it was an outstanding success.’