Tri-Nation Goodwill Schoolboy/Junior/Youth and Female boxing championships…
Kareem Boyce (St Lucia) depicted a true demonstration of patience, after being on the
wrong end of an early, vicious two fisted assault, to retaliate with a counter-attack that forced the referee to halt his bout against Guyanese pugilist, Deshon Elcock in their 60kgs affair when the curtains went up on the Guyana Boxing Association (GBA) Tri-Nation Goodwill Schoolboy/Junior/Youth and Female boxing tournament at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH) last Friday evening.
Boyce and Elcock started their bout at a fast clip and shortly after the first bell the Guyanese managed to steer his opponent into one of the neutral corners and rocked him with a vicious combination. Unfazed, Boyce took his punishment, regrouped just before the end of the round when he evened up the situation with several combinations of his own.
Elcock regained control in the second round with several long ranged punches that pushed his man on the back foot. The Guyanese then landed a sharp uppercut and followed up with a straight right for good measure that clearly gave him the round and left the bout wide open going into the 3rd stanza.
The fight took a surprising turn when Boyce rushed out in the final round and unleashed a wicked combination that connected to Elcock’s temple and sent him to the canvass where he remained for the full count at 43secs into the final round.
The St Lucians enjoyed additional success when Boyce’s countryman, Nathan Ferirre, steamrolled another local representative, Joshua Corbin, and forced the referee to call a halt of their 64kgs bout midway into the 3rd stanza.
The local boxers refused to say die and Christopher Moore responded with a determined display against Jamaican, Daniel Hylton, in the 60kgs category and earned a majority decision. Hylton, a lanky boxer, utilized his advantage and scored during the early stages with long jabs and right crosses.
When Moore came to life he connected with several telling punches that pushed his man onto the ropes. Undaunted, the Jamaican picked his shots and an especially wicked right uppercut connected to Moore’s midriff and slowed him down a bit.
Moore turned up the heat at the start of the third round and Hylton, in an attempt to evade the onslaught, ducked a mite too low and was penalized after the referee twice deducted a point from his score.
The third round was a gem as the Guyanese attempted to widen his advantage with the Jamaican hustling to close the gap. A vicious toe to toe battle ensued, but while Hylton demonstrated remarkable pluck and determination, he found the aggression displayed by his Guyanese counterpart too much to handle and eventually surrendered a unanimous verdict.
Guyana suffered another loss after local boxer, Quincy Boyce, surrendered his 64kgs bout to Jerome Ennis (Jamaica) in a keenly contested duel while another Guyanese, Joshua Corbin, suffered an ignominious defeat after the referee was forced to stop his bout against Nathan Ferirre (St Lucia) to save him from further punishment.
Akiel Mounter also kept the Golden Arrowhead flying high when he decisively outpointed St Lucian, Taj Brown one fight before his countryman, Michael Edwards, had his hands lifted after his opponent, Joshua Forest Davidson, was disqualified for persistently delivering slapping blows.
The smattering of supporters was also treated to several bouts between local boxers. In the 65-69lbs category, Deron Williams outpointed Dwayne Baptiste, while in the 95-99lbs category, Kevin Mullin had an easy night against Sherman Hutson and won unanimously. Also in this division, Shakiem Jones won from Matthew Mitchell moments before Isaiah Moore rocked Junior Hyman with a wicked combination that forced the referee to call a halt in 52secs of the 2nd round of their 101-104lbs bout. Delroy Elcock was also in winners’ row and prevailed over Joel Allicock on points, also in the 101-104lbs category.
In the junior category (46-49kgs), Joshua Ross proved too good for Omar Pollard and punched his way to a unanimous decision verdict,while female pugilist, Rianna Rogers prevailed over Rondesa Bagot. The boxers were at it again last night when the curtains came down on the tournament.
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