Guyana and Suriname shared the spoils with a victory apiece when action in the Guyana Boxing Association/Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports Inter Guiana Games Junior Youth and Female Boxing Championship concluded at the Andrew Lewis Boxing Gym, Albouystown yesterday afternoon.
The card consisted of 10 bouts but the 52kgs affair between local boxer, Junior Henry and Surinamese, Samuel Green and the 60kgs female encounter between local pugilist, Taseka Howard and her Surinamese opponent, Sita Pinas were specially arranged in conjunction with the Tri-Nation Inter-Guiana games currently being staged.
Fighting for the second time of her fledgling career, Howard faced a more experienced boxer in Pinas but did well to match her opponent’s aggression in the first round. Obviously more seasoned, Pinas attacked and though she was just using single punches, managed to stay ahead in the first round.
Howard started the second round at a slow pace and Pena took advantage, scoring with a few ramrod punches that kept the Guyanese at bay. Egged on by her supporters, Howard attacked in the third round and controlled the first half until Pinas got her rhythm and lashed out with stinging combinations which influenced the judges who eventually ruled in her favour.
Earlier, Junior Henry pounded out a majority verdict over his Surinamese opponent, Green, in a fight that was very entertaining. Both boxers started cautiously with Henry flicking jabs to the face of Green while dancing out of range. Green concentrated on his opponent’s body and forced Henry to cover up and the first round looked pretty even.
Henry started the second stanza with a wicked two fisted attack but Green was as tough as they come, weathering the storm before retaliating with crisp body punches. The third round was a gem as both boxers went after each other. Green continued to attack Henry’s body but his single punches might have hampered the effectiveness of the attack. Henry then lashed out with three unanswered punches and though both boxers appeared tired and gasping for breath, they both maintained the tempo until the bell separated them. It was really a pity that one had to lose and it was the Guyanese that carted off the spoils.
Several other all local bouts entertained the medium sized crowd and Jamal Eastman (PRBG) turned in a classic performance to take his 105-110 bout against Christopher Moore (EBG). Michael April (TEBG) steamrolled Shaka Moore (EBG) and forced the referee to administer a mandatory 8 count before waving the bout off at 2:57secs of the second stanza.
Travis Hubbard (HE) and Joel Williamson (PRBG) engaged in a delightful slugfest in a 60kgs affair with the tide swaying in favour of one pugilist to the next. The difference came in the third round when Hubbard launched a sustained attach that forced his opponent to cover up and eventually concede the verdict.
Ejad Alli (CBG) might have been a tenderfoot but what he lacked in skill he compensated in courage; the Indian national out of Linden attacked Shekeal Damon from the start of their 81kgs bout and forced the referee to administer two mandatory 8 counts. Damon did fight back and caused the referee to deduct a point from his man after he had spat out the mouthpiece to garner some reprieve from a spirited attack. That apart, Alli punched non-stop though he appeared spent lashed out at Damon forcing another eight count and causing the referee to eventually halt the contest at 2:49secs of the 3rd round.
Other results were 60-84lbs-Quincey Wright (Essq) won on points from Leon Moore (HE); Isaiah Moore failed to turn up for his 80-84lbs bout against Shaquille Wright and conceded a walk over while Tandy Benjamin (RHJ) was too good for her gym mate, Q. Arokium, and forced her to quit on her stool at the end of the 2nd round.
Meanwhile, Junior Henry was adjudged the best boxer while Howard was declared the most disciple boxer. Both received beautiful trophies.
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