Norville/Smith steal show as ProAm amateur extravaganza concludes
Romeo Norville and Ron Smith regurgitated memories of the days of yore when action packed amateur boxing encounters were the order of the day when they squared off in a bantamweight clash in the December edition of the monthly Friday night Fights at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH Saturday evening last.
The two battled it out in an exciting three rounds affair that eventually saw the latter boxer taking the honours in a fight truly worthy of mention.
Smith, who recently returned from Barbados where he clinched a gold medal in the Ronald Williams Memorial tournament, demonstrated good ring generalship, while Norville displayed courage and a great aptitude of the sport despite his losing efforts.
Norville, apparently unimpressed with his opponent’s recent international showing, bounced around his man while unleashing combinations to his body and head. Smith loaded up his punches and most of them fell short of the mark even as Norville attempted to corner him.
The gold medalist found his rhythm in the second stanza and stitched in several combinations that forced Norville backwards.
Smith really got going in the third frame when he relentlessly pushed Norville backwards with a sustained barrage. It was here that Norville woke from his lethargy and traded punches with his man. However, he was met by pure aggression and as the round wound down both pugilists appeared exhausted from their efforts. In the end the judges were impressed by Smith’s aggression and awarded him the decision.
Richard Williamson of the Pocket Rocket boxing gym was also in winners’ row, defeating Dellon Charles in a close fight. The Berbician had a pretty poor start and dropped the first round to a determined Charles. However, he picked up the pace and turned in a classical display of punching supported by superb ring generalship.
The slimly built Williamson was made to fight hard for the verdict and in the final round had a point deducted for persistent holding. Nevertheless, he managed to gain the judges’ nod by dint of his all round performance.
Another gold medalist at the Barbados forum, Laured Stewart defeated Travis Fraser but his performance was not as commanding as his compatriot Norville. He was always in control but on too many occasions aborted a structured approach for wild swings that often fell short of the mark. Stewart’s aggression eventually paid off and he was adjudged a majority decision.
The amateur segment opened with Jamal Eastman of the PRBG scoring a majority verdict over Harpy Eagle’s, Elijah Inshanally, which was another class act by Eastman. As is customary, the boxers received large food hampers compliments of furniture giants, Courts.