Dec 02, 2012 Sports
Local amateur boxers avenged losses to their Trinidadian counterparts, suffered when they visited that Twin Island Republic earlier this year, by winning all of their bouts when they faced off in the second edition of that exchange programme, in the amateur segment of the Guyana Boxing Board of Control (GBBC)/Guyana Amateur Boxing Association (GABA) Friday Night Fights, at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH) Friday evening last.
Local welterweight double champion (Novice and Intermediate), Eon Bancroft wasted little time in disposing of Leon Nottingham (TNT), forcing him to retire in the second round. Bancroft was especially harsh on his opponent slamming home several right crosses mixed with a few body blows. The Trinidadian demonstrated good courage, staying around for the first round despite being subjected to severe punishment. He crumbled in the second round after Bancroft turned up the heat forcing him to retire.
Dennis Thomas (GUY) failed to replicate his countryman’s knockout feat in his middleweight bout against Declan Calliste (TNT) but convincingly clinched the 3-0 verdict after a sustained attack. Lightweight pugilist, Stefan Gouveia (GUY), was also in winners’ row earning a well deserved 2-1 verdict over Michael Alexander (TNT), while Imran Khan survived a sustained attack from Ryan Jeffers (GDF) to clinch a lopsided 3-0 verdict in their bantamweight bout. The Khan/Jeffers bout was arranged after the Trinidadians failed to travel with an opponent for the Guyanese boxer.
Meanwhile, coordinator of bouts (GABA), Terrence Poole extended gratitude to those that made the Trinidadian’s journey a possibility. “Let me thank all the persons that came out to give their support to the Guyanese boxers,” he said. He also hinted of similar exchange programmes with other Caricom countries in the near future.
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