Exciting action as ‘Simon Pures’ showoff skills in DDL/Andrew Lewis boxing tournament
Several action packed encounters thrilled a large audience and supported the view of administrators of the Guyana Amateur Boxing Association (GABA) that remarkable talent is nestled among the various communities only waiting to be unearthed. The activity was the conclusion of the inaugural Andrew Lewis U-16 Juniors Boxing championships on the northern tarmac of the gym named in honour of Lewis’ 2001 world title achievement, Sunday evening last.
The tournament was organized by GABA with exclusive sponsorship by beverage giants, Demerara Distillers Ltd, under the Gatorade brand. If the first night action was action packed, the finals could fittingly be deemed as scorching. Indeed several of the pugilists, notwithstanding their slim statures, threw leathers that had the surprisingly large audience shouting and screaming. One such bout was the 65-69lbs affair between Christopher Mansfield of the Harpy Eagles Boxing Gym (HEBG) and his gym mate, Kevin Mullings. The uninitiated would have never believed that these two pugilists were from the same gym. They went after each with a ferocity that belied this fact and had the crowd roaring in appreciation. Punches rained from all angles as first Mansfield, and then Mullings, lashed out. The referee was hardly needed but to keep a keen eye on the proceedings. The two continued in this vein and only the sound of the bell managed to separate them. It was indeed a pity that one of them had to lose and in the end it was Mansfield that was adjudged the 2-1 winner.
Jamal Eastman, the puny boxer of the Pocket Rocket Boxing Gym (PRBG) continued to impress with his sharp jabs and correct techniques. His opponent, Odeny Moore of the Essequibo Boxing gym (ESSQ) turned in a commendable performance but was way below the skill level of his adversary. Eastman jabbed and used right crosses to full effect and managed to impress the judges who ruled that he was the 3-0 winner.
Meanwhile, Technical Director, Terrence Poole lauded the initiative while expressing satisfaction at the response of Albouystown residents as well as those from outlying areas. He said that he was amazed at the large gathering that attended the function and hinted that plans are in train to conduct similar programmes in other communities soon. He also revealed that DDL has committed to three similar tournaments during the year. The Tournament Director said that such exclusive support was the first of its kind and he was extremely happy that the beverage giants have agreed to render such support.
In all, there were 14 bouts contested among the country’s top gyms including Harpy Eagle (HE), Essequibo (Essq), Rose Hall Jammers (RHJ), Forgotten Youth Foundation (FYF), Linden (Lin), Pocket Rocket Boxing Gym (PRBG), Five Star Boxing Gym (5SBG) and the Young Achievers (YA).
The other results are: 45-49lbs-Euquancy Wright (Essq) defeated Oxford Moses (HE); Kevon Mullings (HE) lost out to his gym mate Christopher Mansfield in their 65-69lbs bout while Christopher Tinnerman (Essq) earned a 3-0 verdict over Shaqualle Simon (PRBG) in the 70-74lbs class. Tyron Lashley also won his 85-89lbs bout against Shaeed Hussain after the referee stopped the contest in 1:09secs of the second round. Ezekiel Accra (FYF) then prevailed in the 90-94lbs class when he registered a 3-0 decision over Stefan Green (HE).Travis Hubbard (HE) emulated Green’s feat with a victory by a similar margin in his 105-109lbs match against Matthew Hollingsworth (5SBG) Rewinna David (PRBG) forced Keisha Arokium (RHJ) to retire in just 45secs of the first stanza. Shawn Michael (FYF) was also in winner’s row, defeating Antoine Branch (HEBG) in their 110-115lbs match shortly before Quincy Boyce (5S) eked out a 2-1 verdict over Kevin Wilson (Essq).
Royan Sumner (5SBG) closed the night’s proceedings with a win in the 125-134lbs category over Shaka Moore (Essq) who retired at 1:42secs of the second round.
Meanwhile, the printer’s devil was at work in a recent report of Saturday night’s activity when it was inadvertently stated that Odeny Moore of the Essequibo Boxing Gym had surrendered his 80-84lbs fight to Elijah Insanally of the Harpy Eagle’s Boxing Gym. In fact, it was Moore who had won the bout by a 2-1 margin.