Bantamweight boxer, Edwin Richards, representing the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) turned in a courageous display to prevail over Dillon Allicock (FYF) when the Inter-gym Boxing tournament got underway at the Andrew ‘Sixhead’ Lewis Boxing Gym (ALBG), Sunday afternoon last. The soldier eventually won the best boxer prize.
Admission was free but the patrons certainly would not have minded forking out some cash, so good was the card. Several entertaining bouts had them screaming in delight and the raw talent witnessed certainly bodes well for the future of the sport.
In one particularly exciting fight, U-15 pint size boxer, Jamal Eastman, a close relative of Guyana’s middleweight champion, Howard Eastman, representing the Pocket Rocket Boxing Gym, boxed his way into the hearts of the dozens of spectators to overcome Ezekiel Accra. Demonstrating superb ring generalship, the diminutive Eastman pummeled Accra while slipping and squirming his way out of the reach of his opponent’s punches. He punched like an experienced boxer and if he continues in the same vein will go a far way in the sport.
Another bout worthy of mention was between another Pocket Rocket fighter, Joel Williamson and Quinn Neblett of the Harpy Eagles. Neblett attacked early in the first stanza and connected with a vicious wallop to Williamson’s temple and down he went. He courageously reentered the fray and did well to withstand the onslaught dished out by Neblett. Both boxers enjoyed good moments in the second stanza, as fortunes swayed from one to the other.
At the sound of the bell to signal the start of the final round, both boxers rushed out and there followed a ferocious exchange. Williamson then had sweet revenge for his first round knockdown when he sent Neblett sprawling after a vicious combination. He managed to beat the count but failed to impress the judges who ruled that Williamson had done enough to win the bout.
There was also an exciting bout between two females. One of them, Theresa London, whose mother is professional pugilist, Pamela London, dished out a sound thrashing to Amanda Charles to win their featherweight scrap.
Representing the FYF, London was all business as she utilized every punch in the book, including some unorthodox ones, to prevail over her Harpy Eagles opponent. The judges’ decision was purely academic.
Meanwhile, at the end of the card, the announcer, Terrence Poole said that this is the final episode of the tournament for the year. He assured that the competition would resume next year with the same level of intensity.
The remaining results are: Vicky Ramnarine (PRBG) lost to Keith Bobbsemple (HE); Seon Griffith (FYF) defeated Travis Hubbard (HE); Jermaine Agard (FYF) won from Shawn Bobb (YA); Richard Williamson (PR) defeated Mark Pollard (Timerhi); Female boxer, Ansela Norville (HE) triumphed over Amanda Charles (HE); Imran Khan (HE) upset Dexter Jordon (FYF); Stephon Gouveia (HE) defeated Clairmont Gibson (GDF) while Bert Braithwaite (GDF) defeated Clevon Rock (GDF). Kelvis Wilson (GDF) then defeated Kelsey George (PR) before Dennis Thomas (HE) won from Ron Smith (Timerhi), Devon Boatswain and Ray Sandiford then capped the proceedings with a three round exhibition contest.
The Guyana Boxing Board of Control donated two pairs of boxing gloves for two promising boxers as well as the best boxer’s trophy. Other corporate assistance came from, Andre Howard’s Construction, GDF, Star Computers, Maurice Pile, Alpha Hotel, Kalibur Security, John Variety Shop, Vincent Howard, Trophy Stall, Yam’s Party Service, Kesh Variety Store, Freeman Fordyce and John Variety Shop.
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