Small crowd, big action as Champions Of Champions Boxing Tournament starts
Travis Hall may have been a Golden Gloves champion in the USA but Keeve Allicock, representing the Harpy Eagles Boxing Gym (HE) demonstrated pluck and determination to overcome the United States based bantamweight pugilist, earning a 3-0 decision when the curtains went up on the Guyana Amateur Boxing Association’s (GABA) Champion of Champions boxing tournament at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH) last Saturday evening.
A handful of spectators witnessed a classic where both boxers matched each other in almost every department. The two stated their intentions from the onset with a no holds barred, toe to toe slugfest where each gave as much as he took.
The initial part of the second round started in the same vein but Allicock decided to change the tempo midway into the round. Positioning his left leg just under his opponent’s body, Allicock was able to get in some clean shots even as Hall toiled away with a two fisted flurry. The disparity between the two became apparent in the third stanza when Allicock pushed Hall backwards with several ramrod salvoes. Hall refused to say die and matched Allicock’s aggression with several combinations of his own. The final bell sounded with both gladiators locked in ferocious exchanges. The judges nevertheless felt that the local pugilist had employed better techniques and aggression and their scores duly reflected this fact.
Earlier in the night, Eon Bancroft (GDF) needed just 1:21secs of the first round to convince his gym mate, Rock Watson that he was certainly in the wrong place. The latter boxer was met by a two fisted assault seconds after the first bell had sounded and never put up any serious opposition. He was subjected to three mandatory 8 counts before the referee mercifully called a halt o the contest. Bancroft returned later in the night to chalk up another victory, this time against Republican, David Walters.
Policemen, Ray Sandiford survived a spirited effort by Mark Anthony of the Port Kaituma Boxing Gym (PKBG) to register a 2-1 verdict in the junior welterweight division. The son of former amateur boxing champion, Winston Richards, Sandiford laboured for the most part of the bout attempting to overcome Anthony whose awkward style presented some problems. Nevertheless, the policemen toiled on and eventually emerged victorious.
Director of Youth and sports, Neil Kumar delivered brief remarks shortly before the first bell rang. He lauded the executive of GABA for their steadfast approach to the development of the sport even as he pledged government’s staunch input into the programmes of GABA for the coming year. He said that the executives of GABA had assumed a robust approach to the development of the sport and the fruits of their labour were apparent by the number of tournaments organized during the year. Mr. Kumar further committed to support the selected boxers for the 2012 Olympics slated for England.
Meanwhile, the results of the other bouts are: 55-59lbs-Kurt Allicock (HE) gained a 3-0 decision over gym mate Akeem Mullings. 60-64lbs-Kevin Allicock out-pointed Christopher Tinnerman while in the 65-69lbs division, Christopher Manfield (HE) won from Odeem Moore (EBG).
In the Elite Category, Junior/flyweight Troy Billey of the New Bauxite Bombers (NBB) stopped Republican Daneshwar Narine (REP) in 1:10secs of the second round shortly before Romano Clarke (GDF) won a 2-1 decision from Delroy Nero (REP) in their junior welterweight clash. Middleweight Ron Smith (GDF) then advanced to the finals after winning a 2-1 verdict over Alfred Benjamin (REP). Benjamin’s gym mate, Trelon Munroe then replicated Benjamin’s feat, earning a 3-0 verdict over Keiymouel Immanuel (GDF). The finals took place last night.