Action packed bouts as FYF stages second Inter-Gym Championships
Laurel Stuart (FYF) put up a masterful performance to defeat Ryan Franker (HE) and was subsequently adjudged best boxer when the second edition of the Inter-gym boxing championships organized by a group of boxing enthusiasts got underway at the Forgotten Youth Foundation Boxing Gym, Sunday morning last.
The Forgotten Youth Foundation was eventually adjudged best gym after scoring 19 points from five victories for the day. The Harpy Eagles Boxing Gym finished second with 13 points while the Guyana Defence Force ended up in the cellar with 9 points.
In a truly entertaining event Stuart’s performance easily eclipsed those of his colleagues when he faced Ryan Franker of the Harpy Eagles Boxing Gym in their lightweight clash. Demonstrating good ring generalship reminiscent of his father, Laurex Benn, Stuart out-punched, out-thought and out-maneuvered his taller foe in every department.
Stuart was especially harsh on Franker in the third stanza when he unleashed a vicious left hook that sent his (Franker) mouthpiece flying. Several onetwo combinations in that round landed to Franker’s head and made the judges’ job easier.
The bantamweight encounter between Edwin Richards (GDF) and Asheil Wilson was also an action-packed affair. Richards, a no nonsense boxer, carried a steaming pace in what was obviously an attempt to finish off Wilson well into the three rounds distance. The shorter Wilson would have none of it, however, and fought aggressively even though he was on the receiving end of the harder blows.
Wilson then demonstrated a penchant for late round rallies when in the third stanza he unleashed several headshots to Richards forcing him to back pedal. The two then engaged in toe-to-toe combat during which time Wilson, in his anxiety to match Richards’ aggression, received a warning from the referee for slapping. The two boxers ended the fight slugging away at each other. In the end, Richards’ earlier efforts earned him a minority decision.
The other results are; Seon Griffith (FYF) defeated Travis Husband (HE). Keein Allicock (HE) got the better of Ezekien Accra (FYF) while Malcolm Spencer (FYF) was forced to retire after receiving several ramrod punches from Kert Allicock (HE).
Kevin Allicock (FYF) then defeated Phillip Souffein (HE) on points before Keeve Allicock (HE) replicated that decision over Anthony Wilson (FYF). Eon Jeffrey overcame Antone Branche (HE) moments before Marvin Agada (FYF) earned a points decision over Cordell Percival (HE). Clevon Rock kept the GDF flag flying when he forced Quacy Craig (FYF) to quit in 1:54 seconds of the first frame, moments before his gym mate, Bert Braithwaite earned a points decision over Biogny Miggins (FYF). Simeon Hardy (FYF) avenged that loss with a points decision over Braithwaite’s gym mate, Kevis Wilson while another soldier, Devon Boatswain defeated Romeo Norville (HE) on points. Michael Jordon (FYF) was too good for Romeo Norville while his brother and gym mate, Dexter prevailed over Ryan Ali (HE).
The next tournament is slated for the Harpy Eagle’s boxing gym at a date to be announced later.
Meanwhile the organizers wish to thank the following sponsors for their support: Weiting and Ritcher, who sponsored the best boxer’s prize, Abdool and Abdool Insurance, Talk is Cheap Internet Café, White Castle Fish Shop, Trophy Stall, Bourda Market and Ramoutar & Sons Contracting Services.