Mandessa Moses surrenders lopsided decision to Venezuelan in Fight Night card
Venezuelan super featherweight boxer, Ana Lozano, employed a sustained two fisted attack
over Guyanese Mandessa Moses and was eventually rewarded with a lopsided majority verdict when the Guyana Boxing Board of Control staged the 22nd edition of the Friday Night Fights at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH) Friday evening last.
Also on that card, Jermaine King demonstrated the virtues of perseverance and was finally able to break the jinx that had him winless after several bouts when he pounded out a unanimous verdict over Troy Lewis in their middleweight encounter, while Dexter ‘The Kid’ Marques wasted little time in disposing of Barbadian Ricardo Blackman to abbreviate their bantamweight fight to 2:05 secs of the second stanza. The other bantamweight scrap between Elton Dharry and Charlton Skeete ended at 1:24mins of the first frame after ‘The Coolie Bully’ unleashed a severe two fisted attack that dumped Skeete on the canvass where referee Dexter Thorrington tolled away the count. Anson Green also commenced his career on a winning note, defeating David Thomas by a unanimous decision after the two debutants were engaged in a 4 rounds crowd pleasing jnr/welterweight affair.
From the onset it was clear that Moses would have had to call on her reserves to win the fight. Lozano started at a fast clip, unleashing several one two combinations to Moses’ head. The Venezuelan proved to be a busybody and was out of range long before her Guyanese counterpart could have retaliated. In the meantime, Moses was valiantly trying to find a rhythm but the speed exhibited by Lozano thwarted her efforts. Obviously at sea to counter the mode of attack, Moses conceded the first round.
Lozano continued to attack in the second round, pushing Moses back with several ramrod punches but Moses, obviously struggling to find her rhythm, did manage to stitch in a few tame punches. Hope of Moses turning the tide simmered in the third round when, instead of withering away, Lozano seemed to find new energy and pounded away at Moses who by now looked beaten and unable to find the right punches to counteract the wily Venezuelan.
With her confidence high, Lozano continued to pound away at a hapless Moses who just could not find the right combinations to keep the slimly built Venezuelan at bay. It seemed also, that the Venezuelan was getting stronger as the round progressed. She lashed out with several telling punches and steered Moses in one of the neutral corners where she unleashed several telling blows forcing the Guyanese pugilist to seek refuge in a clinch.
The Venezuelan toiled away and it seemed as though she was getting stronger with each passing round. The final round was almost reminiscent of the first when Lozano rocked Moses with a right cross that sent her on the retreat. The Guyanese could find no answer for that mode of attack and when the final bell rung, was covering up from a Lozano assault. Lozano’s trainer excitedly scaled the ropes and hoisted his fighter on his shoulder, parading her around the ring. It was a premature gesture but in the end the judges concurred. Unlike her biblical namesake Moses, who had parted the Red Sea, Moses failed to weather the raging storm and lost out unanimously. Colin Aaron had it 59-54, while Lionel B Sullivan and Trevor Arno had it 59-55 and 59-56 all in favour of the Venezuelan.
King needed to be patient if he was to prevail over Lewis. He demonstrated remarkable patience while employing a counteractive two fisted attack. Lewis loaded up, swinging several haymakers in the hope of surprising King. The Forgotten Youth Foundation product was, however, up to his opponent’s game and kept a safe distance while scoring valuable points in the interim to eventually prevail.
Skeete’s demise was orchestrated by a vicious body punch and a left hook merely minutes into the bout. He fell with a resounding crash but managed to beat the mandatory eight count. He returned to the fray but was met by several crunching blows and an especially vicious left hook followed by a body dig deposited him to port canvas where the referee counted him out. He remained where he had fallen for the better part of five minutes while the medical practitioners subjected him to a cursory check.
Bajan, Ricardo Blackman’s stay in the ring never suggested permanence and less than 30 seconds after the commencement of the bout a tame straight right landed on his nose and sent him to the canvass. He gamely rose but though obviously hurt, the dreadlocked pugilist somehow managed to make it to the end of the round.
The gesture proved to be more courage than common sense and Marques unleashed several salvoes early in the second round to send his Barbadian adversary drifting backwards. A vicious combination shortly after the bell forced another mandatory eight count and upon resumption a crunching left hook that dumped the Bajan to the canvass, this time for good. The time was 2:05secs of the second stanza.
The night’s activity started on a winning note for Anson Green who opened his professional account with a decisive point decision over fellow debutant, David Thomas.
Activities will resume on Friday May 25 next when another interesting card would be staged. Meanwhile, those boxers shortlisted for participation in the WBC 50th anniversary are urged to intensify training activities. The championship that will see fighters from the various confederations battling for prestigious titles and lucrative purses among other internationally rated competition. Last Friday night’s fights will be shown at a later date.
Activities are organized by the Guyana Boxing Board of Control in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture Youth and Sports, the Guyana Amateur Boxing Association (GABA) and the National Communication Network (NCN). Sponsors of the event include Digicel, Giftland Office Max, Courts, Banks DIH Limited and ANSA McAl.