Dennis Thomas, Jamal Eastman best boxers on show
By Michael Benjamin
The Guyana Defence Force scored 8 points, one more than the Republicans Boxing Gym
to cart off championship honours when the action in the 2014 National Open Boxing Championships concluded at the M&CC Municipal Centre, California Square, East Ruimveldt, last Sunday evening.
The Guyana Police Force (GPF) and the Forgotten Youth Foundation (FYF) amassed 4 points apiece and shared the third place, while Rose Hall Jammers accrued 2 points to finish in the cellar position.
Elite boxer, Dennis Thomas, had earlier in the tournament scored a technical knockout victory over Republican, Kevin Rodney and returned to add the scalp of Steven Chan to his collection to take the 75kgs title.
The lanky boxer, representing the Guyana Police Force (GPF), was aptly adjudged the Best Elite Boxer, while Jamal Eastman of the Rose Hall Jammers won a similar accolade in the junior category after winning his 52kgs bout against Seon Griffith. The win was even more meritorious when it is noted Eastman had surrendered a points decision to this very boxer when they met about one month ago.
The highly touted ‘feature attraction’ between super/heavyweights, Quincy ‘Biggie’ Small (HE) and John Campayne failed to live up to expectations and was finished just as soon as it started. The towering figure of Small dwarfed his opponent and even before the first bell sounded fans were doubtful of Campayne’s ability to mesh with Small. They did not have long to wait to endorse their fears when Small charged out upon the first bell and delivered several clouts to his opponent’s temple.
More intent with saving his skin than winning the fight, Campayne darted from one end of the ring to the other to stem Small’s attack. Two looping punches to his temple deepened his resolve to avoid his opponent at all costs and he sprinted from one end of the ring to the next. Small eventually caught up with him and when another right cross collided with his jaw, he staggered into the ropes and received an 8 count from the referee. Two more punches upon the resumption grazed Campayne and his body
language said it all; the referee mercifully waved off the one sided affair to save the crowd from the monotony and the Republican, further embarrassment. The time was 2:07secs of the first stanza.
Thomas was in a no nonsense mood and unleashed stiff combinations on Chan just after the bell rang. He drifted into one of the neutral corners where Thomas unleashed several power punches that forced the referee to institute the mandatory 8 count. Thomas attacked upon resumption and after Chan had received several unanswered punches, the referee decided to halt the one-sided fight at 2:30secs of the first stanza.
Desmond Amsterdam (GDF) and his gym mate, Markember Pierre clashed in the 91kgs division and, but for the identical uniform, the spectators would have never believed they belonged to the same institution. Both pugilists went after each other with a vengeance with Pierre getting the better of the earlier exchanges. Fortunes then sway as first one boxer then the other appeared to be in control. It was in the third round when both pugilists had exhausted themselves that Amsterdam dug deep and delivered several pin point combinations that caused Pierre’s legs to buckle and the referee to issue a count. Pierre bravely re-entered the fray but received a similar dose and another count. Even though he shook his head affirmatively when asked if he wished to continue, Pierre’s body language emitted a contrasting message and shortly after the resumption he received several other clouts that cause the referee to intercede and wave the bout off at 2:58secs of the 3rd stanza.
Trevon King (GDF) was also in a devastating mood and disposed of Delon Gordon (REP) in 2:33secs of the first round of their 91kgs affair. King pummelled his opponent from the start and after a vicious punch connected, blood began to ooze from a wound over Gordon’s right eye. The Republican bravely returned to the fray but did not see the wicked right cross that sent him sprawling on the canvass where the referee completed the count.
Eon Bancroft (GDF) has no one but himself to blame for his points loss to Glenroy Smith of the Essequibo Boxing Gym (EBG). Clearly the more seasoned boxer, Bancroft adopted strange tactics, never looked the part and surrendered a points decision. To make matters worse, Bancroft sustained a gash over his right eye and his opponent peppered the wound with jabs and right crosses and forced the intervention of the ringsider doctor. Bancroft continued to lunge and most of his ill timed punches failed to find their mark. He seemed surprised when the decision was announced.
Keeve Allicock (HE), another seasoned boxer suffered a similar fate in his 64kgs bout against Aquincy Harvey (GDF). A boxer of immense ability, Allicock was warned on numerous occasions for infringing various rules until the referee disgustedly stopped his bout and awarded it to Harvey.
Imran Khan ((GPF) experienced little trouble in his 60kgs bout against Republican, Nankumar Singh and literally gave him a free boxing lesson in the finer art of the sport. Dubbed ‘the Coolie Bully,’ Singh had earlier in the tournament disposed of Rupert Gillis (GDF) but found the skill and movements of Khan too much to handle.
Delon Charles (FYF) launched a two fisted attack on Stefan Andrews (REP) that forced the referee to institute two mandatory 8 counts in the first round of their 56kgs bout but just could not finish his man off. He eventually won on points. Earlier, Kevin Allicock (REP) won against his gym mate, Dewayne Kawall in the 52kgs division while Tyron Lashley of the Rosehall Jammers triumphed over Richard Subratee (FYF).
Sponsorship acknowledgements went to the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, Monty Profitt, Courts, B K International and Mike’s Pharmacy.
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