By Michael Benjamin
Republican boxer, Jason ‘AK47’ Barker, fired off several pinpoint shots that destabilized his opponent, but Quincy ‘Biggy’ Small operated from behind a defensive fort and returned the favour, in the process, neutralizing his opponent’s offensive, to leave the battlefield with raised hands when the two super/heavyweight pugilists squared off in semi-final action of the Guyana Boxing Association (GBA) National Open Boxing Championships at the M&CC Municipal Centre, California Square, East Ruimveldt, last Saturday evening.
The fight was unofficially billed as the main attraction and while it lived up to its billing, several other bouts certainly sent the large crowd into fits of ecstasy and laid the foundation for another huge turnout when activities concluded last evening.
Barker and Small entered the ring to loud drumbeats and bugles as their respective supporters urged them on in grandiloquent style. Barker started the fight with several pinpoint jabs that kept the muscular, but slow moving, Small at bay. Not to be outdone, Small fired off several bombs that pushed Barker back but the Republican did well to stay his distance while countering with sharp right crosses.
‘Biggy’ continued to pursue his man in the second stanza but Barker utilized his jabs to full effect while switching from orthodox to a southpaw stance. The two eventually clashed in centre ring and exchanged vicious combinations and though the punches were vicious, both pugilists stood their ground much to the delight of what was definitely the largest crowd to attend an amateur card in recent times.
Shortly after the bell sounded for the start of the third stanza, Barker’s mouthpiece became dislodged and he must have been unlucky when the referee immediately advised the judges to deduct a point from his score for the infringement. Obviously smarting from the setback of losing the point, Barker upped the ante with a wicked two punch combination that rocked his man but just when he appeared to be making amends, the mouthpiece once again fell to the canvass and the referee duly ordered another deduction from his scorecard.
Upon resumption, the two gladiators went after each other and a brutal exchange of blows ensued. Around that time, also, Barker’s mouthpiece once again became dislodged but the ‘third man’ inexplicably ordered the continuation of the fight without ordering another deduction. When the bell rang to signal the end of the slugfest, ‘Biggy’ confidently raised his hand while a dejected Barker, fearing the worse, trudged to his corner. The judges concurred and awarded the bout to the United States of America based Guyanese. He was scheduled to appear once more last night against GDF representative, John Champagne (GDF), in another fight that has caught the imagination of pundits.
Republican, Nankumar Singh, christened a ‘Coolie Bully,’ endorsed the sobriquet when he launched a two fisted attack on Clairmont Gibson (GDF) that earned him a unanimous decision in their 60kgs bout. The win means that Nankumar would have faced Imran Khan (Police) last night for the 60kgs title after Khan had scored a technical knockout win over Stefan Julian (REP) at 1:18secs of the third round in their semi-finals bout.
Two other fights ended inside the distance; in the 75kgs category, Dennis Thomas (Police) unleashed a vicious assault on Kevin Rodney (REP) that culminated with a wicked left uppercut to his midsection that closed him off at 2:58secs of the first round, while in the 81kgs category, Desmond Amsterdam (GDF) disposed of Sean Kirton in 1:55secs of the first stanza.
Delon Gordon (REP) made amends for the Republicans when he outpointed Sean Phillips (GDF) in their 91kgs affair, while Glenroy Smith of the Essequibo Boxing Gym (EBG) secured an upset victory over the more seasoned Ron Smith (FYF) in a decision that did not go down well with Smith’s coaches.
Much was expected of new kid on the block, Jason Barker (YA) in his 69kgs bout against Eon Bancroft. Despite putting up a very good offensive, Barker found the experience and wit of his opponent too much to deal with and eventually surrendered a lopsided unanimous verdict.
Keeve Allicock also triumphed over Republican, Anandram Dharamraj after turning in a classical boxing display and was scheduled to face off with Aquincy Harvey (GDF) for the 64kgs title after the latter pugilist outpunched his Republican opponent, Klaus Daniels to win unanimously.
Delon Charles (FYF) was another bright spot and his two fisted attack forced the referee to institute three mandatory 8 counts on his opponent, Republican, Christopher DaSilva, and after the third count, at 2:37secs of the second frame, the referee rightly called a halt to the proceedings. Republican, Stefan Andrews scored a unanimous decision over his GDF opponent, Mark Marshall in the 56kgs division while Kevin Allicock (REP), outpointed GDF representative, Arthur Scipio in their 52kgs encounter. Richard Subratee (FYF) was also in winners’ row with a points victory over GDF boxer, Victor low in the 46-49lbs category.
Earlier, the Junior boxers entertained the crowd with action packed affairs and Jamal Eastman of Rose Hall Jammers (RHJ) avenged a points decision in a bout in an earlier tournament against FYF representative, Seon Griffith, by unanimous decision, in their 52kgs finals. Travis Hubbard (HEBG) started the night’s proceedings with a convincing unanimous decision verdict over Quincy Boyce in the 125-130lbs category while Orin Bancroft (FYF) fought his heart out and was eventually declared winner of his 56kgs finals against the more experienced Junior Henry (HEBG). Dewani Lampkin (FYF) also enhanced his gym’s chance of securing a lucrative spot in the championship with a defining unanimous win over Colin Hinds (RHJ).
Participating gyms are Young Achievers (YA), Harpy Eagles (HE), Forgotten Youth Foundation (FYF), Essequibo (EBG), Rose Hall Town Jammers (RHJ), Pocket Rocket Boxing Gym (PRBG) and Carryll’s Boxing Gym (CBG) among others. Several corporate entities have rendered support for the success of the tournament including the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, Monty Profitt, Courts, B K International and Mike’s Pharmacy among others.
Pic – Quincy ‘Biggy’ Small (left) moves out of range from Barker’s left jab
In sean as’ biggy evades’
-Jamal Eastman (right) successfully ducks from a vicious Ceon Griffith punch
Seon griffith left
Arthur Scipio (left) ducks from a Kevin Allicock assault
Gdf arthur scipio
-Nankumar Singh (R) and Clairmont Gibson engaged in toe to toe combat
As Nankumar Singh
-Imran Khan (R) keeps Stefan Julian at bay with a stinging left jab
Imran khan right
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