The tournament is a direct response to the outcries of boxers for more competition, even as they battle the many vicissitudes that hinder their development.
The action got underway at around 02:30hrs and when the final bell had sounded, everyone in attendance admitted that it was one of the better amateur cards witnessed in recent times.
The action commenced with two members of the Forgotten Youth Foundation (FYF), Calvin Barry and Deckye Marshall going after each other for the entire three rounds. Barry weighed in at 23.2 kgs while Marshall tipped the scales at 24.1kgs. Fans were left screaming as the two pint size boxers exchanged vicious combinations to each other’s body and head. At the end of the entertaining bout, it was Barry who earned the judges’ not.
Edwin Richards (GDF) and Ryan Ali (HE) next took the ring. Richards started the fight at a furious pace but midway into the round, Ali retaliated with several ramrod shots that sent his opponent reeling. Both fighters, obviously unfazed by the other’s talent, threw down the gauntlet and the large crowd in attendance was wild in jubilation. Both boxers went after each other in the third round, each giving as much as he took. Even after the bell had sounded, both boxers were still locked in furious combat until the referee jumped in and separated them. The judges eventually ruled that Ali had done enough to earn the decision.
Senior bantamweights, Andrew Davis (FYF) and Rondell Singh (HE) fought like two men with an old grudge. Singh wasted little time in pounding his man into submission starting with a vicious two punch combination that sent Davis reeling. The referee instituted the mandatory 8 count before sending Davis back into the fray. Singh attacked once again and had it not been for the bell, he would have ended the fight there and then. He was not spared in the second round where upon hearing the bell, Singh rushed out, slammed a one two combination to Davis’ head, and down he went. The determined Davis held on and was able to see through the second round.
The chimes of the third gong had scarcely subsided when Singh once again let loose with a stiff right hand to Davis’ head. He went down, this time for good at just 59secs into the round.
Ryan Franker (HE) wasted little time in disposing of Clairmont Gibson (GDF). In 2:59secs of the first stanza he rocked Gibson with a solid blow to the head and the soldier promptly fell to the canvass. The force of the blow also sent half of his body out of the ring.
Junior welterweight, silver medalist at the Pune Junior Commonwealth Games, Clevon Rock (GDF), needed just 1:36secs of the first stanza to dispose of Alden Fraser. A left hook followed by a straight right did the trick and capped off a truly entertaining day of boxing. Rock was later adjudged best boxer while the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) was the best gym.
The next tournament is scheduled for the Forgotten Youth Foundation (FYF) on August 16.
The other results read: Romano Clark (GDF) lost to Biogny Miggins (FYF), Dexter Jordon out pointed his gym mate, Dillon Allicock (FYF), Mark Chisholm (GDF) won after Judy Sealey retired in the second round. Female boxer Ansil Norville (HE) won on points over he gym mate, Tanisha Nelson. Bert Braithwaite (GDF) defeated his teammate Akeem Alexander while another soldier, Wayne David also won on points over his gym mate, Kevis Wilson. Romeo Norville (HE) forced Carl Halley to retire at the end of the first round.
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