Four boxers failed to make it to the final bell while several action packed encounters compensated for the abbreviated contests when semifinal action in the Guyana Amateur Boxing Association (GABA) 2011 Intermediate Boxing championships continued at the National Gymnasium, Mandela Avenue Saturday evening.
Warren George of the Five Star Boxing Gym (5SBG) was the fastest casualty, conceding his welterweight bout against Army representative, Trevon King in 1:15secs of the first frame while another welterweight, Laured Stewart (FYF) forced the referee to halt his bout against Mark Anthony (HEBG) early in the first round.
Otherwise, middleweight pugilist, Mark Gilford (GDF) failed to engage in combat against his gym mate, Orel Bennett despite repeated warnings from the referee and was eventually disqualified for not trying. Anton Branch was also in winners’ row and with a clinical display, forced Keon Williams (PRBG) to retire 1:11 second into their 105-110lbs contest. Richard Williamson (PRBG) then out-boxed Mark Marshall (GDF) and eventually earned a close 2-1 verdict in their bantamweight contest shortly before jnr/welterweight, Marlon Darrell (RW) stamped his authority with a 3-0 verdict over Kevin David (GDF).
There was noticeable improvement in the quality of fights with the 75-79lbs bout between Jamal Eastman (PRBG) and Jonathan Lewis (HE) standing out. The latter boxer definitely belonged to another level as he executed his punches with precision and accuracy that belied his level. His counter-punching skills mixed with precision jabs and well timed right crosses were a joy to behold and after a fierce attack in the first round, forced referee, Colin Waddle to toll away a mandatory eight count over his man.
The slimly built Eastman aborted his laid back approach in the second round and attacked Lewis who retaliated with combinations of his own. Not to be deterred, Eastman attacked viciously and because Lewis refused to back down, an interesting action packed round unfolded.
Both pugilists then engaged in toe to toe exchanges for most of the final round but Eastman proved to be the more cunning, switching to a jab and move technique that earned him valuable points and an eventual 3-0 verdict.
Shawn Michaels (FYF) tried to bully Akeem Daniels (HE) in their 100-104lbs bout, but the latter pugilist refused to cooperate, squirming his way out of trouble while dishing out a few salvoes of his own.
Michaels persisted and before the round was through had registered several combinations that tipped the scales in his favour.
As the fight progressed, Michaels asserted himself with several wallops to Daniel’s body and head and though the Harpy Eagle’s representative displayed enough pluck to stay to the end, he failed to impress the judges who voted unanimously for Michaels.
Otherwise, the other successful boxers are Elijah Insanally over Kurt Allicock (HE) to take their 65-69lbs fight; Marlon Darell (RW) who prevailed 3-0 over Kevin David (GDF) in a jnr/welterweight contest while Richard Williamson (PRBG) eked out a 2-1 verdict over Mark Marshall (GDF).
The action concluded last night when the respective champions were crowned and the best gym, the runners-up and the best boxer were identified.
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