Poor crowd fails to damper performances at inaugural Berbice Pro/Am boxing card
By Michael Benjamin
The Berbicians rendered lukewarm support to the inaugural Pro/Am boxing card staged in that county but the few the attended enjoyed good action from gong to gong.
The proceedings got underway around 20:00hrs when Mandessa Moses, in a clinical boxing performance, defeated Kwinda Rogers by a majority decision when the two women clashed in the main attraction of the inaugural Pro/Am boxing card staged at the Rose Hall Community Centre Ground, Saturday evening last.
A medium sized crowd also watched as Laurex Benn out-boxed Patrick Boston in their junior middleweight contest and was eventually adjudged the unanimous winner. In the opening professional bout of the evening, Shawn Pile totally dominated Clifton Barker and was duly pronounced the winner by a 3-0 margin.
Moses wasted little time in establishing her dominance, opening her account with a series of right crosses. The pattern continued up to the halfway point of the first stanza before Rogers rose from her lethargy to stitch in several combinations of her own. Despite this belated onslaught, Moses managed to retain her composure and won the round.
The action slowed down somewhat in the second stanza as Rogers elected to jab and move. Moses stalked and cornered her, delivering pinpoint shots to the head. Rogers, the shorter fighter elected to dance but failed to evade the punches of Moses whose confidence grew by the second. The bell sounded with Moses pounding away at Rogers who sought refuge behind high held guards.
At the sound of the bell to start the third round, both principals rushed at each other ferociously exchanging blows. Moses prevailed and forced Rogers into retreat mode with stiff uppercuts and long left hooks. The bell mercifully intervened on Rogers’ behalf.
Moses employed a long left jab at the start of the final round that presented problems for Rogers and kept her at bay. Moses then resorted to southpaw, pummeling her shorter foe into submission shortly before the final bell sounded. The fight was virtually one sided and the 3-0 majority of the judges reflected this fact.
Earlier in the night, Shawn Pile and Clifton Barker spent three dull rounds attempting to overcome the other. Pile managed to do enough to earn a lopsided 3-0 decision. The junior/middleweight fight between Laurex Benn and Patrick Boston was also one sided with Benn punching and Boston blocking. Benn was his usual ‘busy body’ self but even after delivering several pinpoint shots, failed to lure Boston into battle. The latter fighter seemed more content in waiting out the fight than registering a victory. It was an ordinary fight with expected results.
Meanwhile, while the professionals failed to stir the crowd, the amateur succeeded. Devon Boatswain and Bert Braithwaite resumed their old rivalry and the small crowd enjoyed every minute of the bout. At the end of the three round encounter, the judges felt that Boatswain had done enough to register a 2-1 decision. Marley Ross of the Pocket Rocket boxing Gym (PRBG) defeated Quince Gomes (GDF) after the former boxer employed sensible defensive and offensive tactics.
The crowd was also treated to a good fight between Jamal Eastman and Joel Williamson both of the PRBG. The two are brothers and also nephews of local middleweight champion, Howard Eastman but their application belied their blood connections. Both boxers attacked relentlessly, each enjoying bright moments during the fight. Jamal, the shorter of the two, found the left jab of his sibling somewhat worrying and most times problematic. To his credit, he fought courageously and only stopped punching at the final gong. In the end, the elder sibling won by a 3-0 decision.
Ray Sandiford, now fighting for the Guyana Police Force (GPF) turned in an exemplary performance to defeat Clairmonte Gibson (PRBG) by a 3-0 majority. Sandiford, who inherited his boxing prowess from his father, the late Winston ‘Service’ Richards, employed a two fisted attack that Gibson could not respond to. Sandiford dominated the entire bout and almost stopped his man in the third round after a vicious exchange. Gibson did well to survive the phase but failed to positively influence the judges. Sandiford was pronounced the winner.Other results read Richard Williamson (PRBG) won after Edmond Richards sustained an injury to his nose that forced the ringside physician, Ramesh Jaikarran, to halt the contest at 1:26secs of the second round. In the final amateur bout, Kelsey George earned a 2-1 decision over Kelvis Wilson.