LOCAL boxing club, the Right Stuff ABC got the amateur season off to a flying start - thanks to 13-year-old Alleyne's student and Stone resident Phoebe Hodson.
She won a unanimous decision over Ella Hamon of Guernsey Amalgamated ABC, in Guernsey. Despite the long journey. Hodson showed no signs of tiredness winning the first round behind her jab. Hamon came back in the second round trying to drag the Stone girl into a fight by applying heavy pressure.
However, Hodson met her punch for punch but was visibly tired by the end of the round. Hodson came out strongly for the third round and wobbled Hamon with a combination of punches causing the referee to give the Guernsey girl a standing eight count, just before the final bell.
"Phoebe did tremendously well. She’s been with us around two years from an after school club I did at Walton Priory Middle school. She showed real courage and skill in the bout,” said coach Andy Whitehall.
He now intends to enter Hodson in the ABA National female junior championships in Decemeber. She will be joined by the Right Stuff’s Junior 2011 flyweight champion Sophie Stewart (Yarnfield) who will be trying to win a senior national title, unbeaten Weston Road Acadamy student Lucy Sarsfield at featherweight (junior) and Hednesford’s Meg Ellis, who is unbeaten in two contests at welterweight. Pictured are Whitehall, Hodson and Stewart.,