Sep 15, 2014 Sports Comments Off on Guyana Boxing Association/DDL U-16 boxing card…Kevin Mullings punches his way to 60-64lbs title and Best Boxer award
By Michael Benjamin
A gusty display of boxing skills interspersed with crisp combinations earned Kevin Mullings (HEBG) a close split decision verdict over Shaquancy Wright (EBG) when the two faced off in the Guyana Boxing Association/DDL U-16 boxing card at the Andrew Lewis Boxing Gym (ALBG), Independence Boulevard, La Penitence, yesterday afternoon.
Fighting in the 60-64lbs division, Mullings started the bout aggressively, landing crisp combinations and right crosses to his opponent’s body and face. Later in that round, Wright got into the act and scored with telling punches of his own but it was Mullings that distinguished himself as the superior boxer in that round.
Fighting out of a southpaw stance, Mullings turned up the heat in the second stanza with stiff right crosses and hooks just before Wright returned the favour with telling punches of his own. The duel then developed into an all out war as both pugilists stood toe to toe in centre ring and did not relent until the sound of the bell.
The third round was a replica of the preceding two with both boxers lashing out venomously; first it was Mullings who served up a three punch combination for Wright to take it like a man and respond with several pin point punches of his own. Undaunted, Mullings turned up the heat and the two entertained the spectators with unbridled aggression that only ceased when the bell sounded.
In what was indeed a close fight to call, the judges decided that Mullings’ early aggression was enough to earn him a close split decision. The Harpy Eagles boxer’s fortunes improved when he was adjudged the Best Boxer award and duly received a beautiful trophy. He was also the recipient of one groin protection guard for his efforts.
Several other pugilists turned in credible performances and won their respective bouts starting with Andrew Williams (EBG) who pounded out a points win over Jeremiah Williams (FYF) in the 65-69lbs division and Orwayne Harris (FYF) who earned a points decision over Jakeel Cadogan in another 65-69lbs bout. Leon Moore (HEBG) then forced the referee to halt his 70-75lbs bout against Timothy Thomas at 1:15secs of the second stanza, moments before Isaiah Moore (HEBG) punched his way to a points win over his gym mate, Anson Wolfe, in the 85-89lbs class.
In other bouts, Jonathon Nichols (FYF) won a close split decision over Stephon Edwards (HEBG) in their 90-94lbs bout just before Shaquille Wright forced Ezekiel Benjamin to quit on his stool at the end of the second stanza of their 95-99lbs duel. In the final bout of the day, a 110-117lbs encounter between Christopher Moore (EBG) and Ezekiel Accra (FYF), the former boxer eked out a split decision verdict over the latter.
Meanwhile, the card was graced by the presence of the Jamaican entourage, Sakima Mullings, Kamahl Russell and their Manager Leza Keane, that had engaged their Guyanese counterparts one night earlier in the Guyana Boxing Board of Control, ‘Night of Contenders’ affair. The Jamaican team assisted in the distribution of the prizes to the boxers before leaving for their return flight to Jamaica shortly afterwards.
President of the GBA, Steve Ninvalle, was also in attendance and congratulated his organizing team while expressing gratitude to his benefactors, Demerara Distillers Limited. The organizers are mulling the possibility of staging next edition, scheduled for early December, in Vergenoegen WCD.
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