25th edition of Friday Night fights…Clive Atwell turns back Revlon Lakes challenge with clinical knockout victory
Revlon Lake predicted the fourth round but it was Clive Atwell who turned in a clinical display to dispose of the Barbados based Guyanese one round later when action in the 25th edition of Friday Night fights concluded at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH), Friday evening last.
Gladwin Dorway also turned in a determined performance and disposed of Anson Green in 2:34secs of the 3rd round to take their catchweight bout while Richard Williamson survived a spirited attack from fellow debutant, Dilan Allicock to take a lopsided unanimous verdict. One fight later, Patrick Boston snatched a majority win from Kishawn Simon in a dull 4 rounds catchweight affair.
The Lake/Atwell affair started sedately with each fighter gauging the other and looking for the opening. The cat and mouse game continued well into the opening stanza though each fighter enjoyed brief successes.
The second round started identical to the first but shortly after the bell Atwell employed superb boxing tactics and kept Lake at bay with long jabs and occasional right crosses. Lake shuffled in and tried to trap Atwell but the latter pugilist created difficult angles thus nullifying his opponent’s advances. Lake relentlessly pursued his man but Atwell remained elusive even as he landed the occasional combination to stay in front.
Lake bounded out in the third round with blazing fists but Atwell stuck to his game plan of jabbing and moving while pausing momentarily to execute pin point combinations. Atwell then changed his mode and attacked Lake, scoring with several telling right crosses. Lake shrugged off the blows and piled on the pressure but the elusive featherweight champion strategically backed off and countered with stinging shots of his own.
Atwell began to distinguish himself as the better boxer at the start of the fourth stanza with wily moves and sharp right crosses that snapped his opponent’s head backwards even as Atwell smoothly danced out of range from Lake’s retaliatory punches. Midway into the round, Atwell pounced and a straight right connected to Lake’s jaw and sent his mouthpiece sailing through the air. Lake responded with some wild swings as he looked to land the haymaker. Most of those punches either fell short of the mark or sailed harmlessly over Atwell’s head. In the meantime Atwell continued to build up points with head and body blows.
Lake started round five aggressively, lashing out at Atwell’s body and head with wayward punches. It was around this time that Atwell shifted gears and an especially wicked straight right wrenched Lake’s mouthpiece and sent it flying through the air. Cognizant that Atwell was on top of the situation and in an attacking mood, the referee temporarily ignored the mouth guard and allowed the fight to continue but shortly afterwards, inexplicably so, stopped the bout to allow Lake’s handlers to replace the equipment even though Atwell was clearly on the attack. The move gave Lake well needed respite but on resumption it proved to be inconsequential as Atwell unleashed several salvoes that rocked the Barbados based Guyanese’s head backwards and deposited him on the canvass. He bravely rose as the referee tolled away the count and though he shook his head in affirmation when asked if he was able to continue, his handlers decided that it was enough punishment for one night and advised the ‘third man’ to wave it off. The time was 2:55secs of the fifth stanza.
The Williamson/Allicock fight was a gem with both fighters going after each other from the first gong. The former boxer was first to score with a two fisted salvo while Allicock danced around to get his bearings. By mid round, the southpaw Allicock had worked himself into a nice rhythm and pushed Williamson back with several salvoes. The Berbician refused to relent and both pugilists ended the round pounding it out in mid ring.
The battle continued into the second frame but at a more sedate pace as both fighters remained cagey. As if on cue, both launched attacks and once again the crowd was entertained as they remained locked in combat. Williamson surged ahead at the beginning of the third round as Allicock began to show signs of tiredness. The Berbician unleashed a double right cross that sent Allicock drifting but he recovered enough to end the round in an aggressive mood. The exchanges continued into the final round but only this time it was Williamson who was getting the better of them. His determination was apparent as he landed three punches to each one delivered by his opponent. The two were locked in a vicious exchange when the final bell sounded. It was indeed a pity that one of them had to lose. In the end it was Williamson who earned the judges’ nod. Bernard DeSantos saw the fight 40-36 while Andrew Thorne scored 38-37, both in favour of Williamson. Rawle Aaron concurred with a score of 38-37 in favour of the eventual winner.
Anson Green entered the ring to the tune ‘Me nah fraid of nobody,’ but by the end of the first frame ‘changed his tune’ and literally sprinted around the ring to escape Dorway’s two fisted assault. A stiff straight right deposited him on port canvass very early in the second round but he bravely rose and retaliated with stiff replies that temporarily postponed off his demise.
Dorway attempted to end the bout as soon as the third round started but his approaches were ragged as Green fought back. Dorway then asserted himself and landed a thunderous right hand on Green’s jaw. Befuddled, the latter fighter backed off to save his skin but Dorway relentlessly pursued him and unleashed a wicked combination that floored Green. Try as he might, he failed to beat the referee’s count and Green was handed the knockout victory at 2:34secs of the third round.
Boston succeeded in breaking the jinx that has left him with a plethora of losses but the bout lacked any real action as Simon failed to employ strategic counteracting responses. When the decision was announced, a clearly angry Simon vented his anger at the judges, the referee and everyone else but himself. It was the kind of aggression that if employed, might have seen a reversal in the decision. Sadly it was directed in the wrong direction and he was forced to contend with a blotch on his career at the very start.