Benjamin Henry continues winning ways at Michael Parris Open Championship
Benjamin Henry of the North West Boxing Gym proved that the impression he made in the National Intermediate championships, when he defeated Carlton LaFleur on his way to championship honours, was no fluke when he replicated that performance, this time against Claremont Gibson of the Guyana Defence Force and booked a place in last night’s finals of the Michael Parris Open Boxing Championships at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall Saturday evening.
Sporting a puny physique that belied his ability to take as well as dish out a punch, Henry employed a two fisted attack that forced the referee to halt his fight in 1:38secs of the second stanza.
The soldier struck first with several salvoes that rocked Henry and had him back-pedalling to avoid the onslaught. By the end of the first minute the diminutive Henry had worked up a good rhythm and returned the favour with a one two combination to the soldier’s head that forced the referee to institute a mandatory 8 count.
The first round was smoke; the second developed into a full blown inferno as Henry attacked with venom. Within the very first minute he unleashed a vicious combination to Gibson’s head and the referee was once again called in to count the soldier. Realizing that Gibson was hurt, the referee sought confirmation in a question. Gibson nodded affirmatively and was allowed to rejoin the fray. It proved to be an academic gesture as Henry moved in for the kill and after an especially vicious attack, the third man decided to wave the proceedings off.
The lightweight encounter between Clevon Rock (GDF) and Stephon Gouveia (HEBG) also did not last for long. Rock literally ran his man out of the ring with several ramrod punches that signalled the beginning of the end in the first round. That he managed to survive the onslaught in the first round spoke highly of Gouveia’s pluck. However, with the kind of mood Rock was in, surviving the second stanza would have taken more than pluck. Rock slammed home a vicious combination that sent Gouveia reeling and the referee immediately jumped in and waved off the proceedings. The official time was 2:03 of the second frame.
The boxers were scheduled to grace the ring last night for the finals of the competition. Other semi-finals results read: Light/heavyweight, Roberto Lancaster (FYF) defeated Troyston Thomas (GDF); Gordon Nedd (GDF) also lost to Trelon Munroe (REP) after the referee halted the bout in 2:55secs of round one. Samuel Primo (GDF) avenged his colleague’s defeat when he stopped Republican Brian Bailey in 1:48secs of the second round.
Keeve Allicock (HEBG) knocked out Dellon Ryan (GDF) in their bantamweight affair and later returned to defeat Mark Marshall (GDF) while Delroy Amsterdam (FYF) won from Marshall’s gym mate, Silton David but went on to lose to Republican Nankumar Singh in his second encounter for the night. Singh had earlier defeated Jim O’Selmo (NWBG) to set up the bout between the two lightweights. In the lone middleweight encounter, Blair Haynes (GDF) prevailed over David Duncan (FYF).