Guyana Defence Force stamps its authority in first night action
Boxers of defending champions, the Guyana Defence Force (GDF), seem to be intent on retaining the accolade when the curtains went up on the Andrew ‘Sixhead’ Lewis National Novices Boxing Championships at the National Gymnasium, Mandela Avenue, last Friday evening.
The soldiers fielded eight boxers and walked away with 6 victories after their jnr/welterweight boxer, Julius Bobb, failed to upkeep the tempo and surrendered a points decision to Henry Belgrave of the Pocket Rocket Boxing Gym (PRBG). Another soldier, Orlando Norton, also dropped a decision to REP, Joshua Joseph, in their welterweight bout.
Chris Cummings started the trend of victories for the soldiers when he scored a unanimous verdict over Calvin Ramcharran of the Republican Boxing Gym (REP). Fighting out of the lightweight division, the two started the bout at a ferocious pace with wicked exchanges at close range. Ramcharran drew first blood when he unleashed a wicked right hand to his opponent’s head and forced the referee to institute the mandatory 8 count. Cummings did well to withstand the blow and returned into the fray with flailing fists right up to the bell.
The brutal toe to toe battle continued into the second stanza and the Republican connected with a looping right hand. Cummings took the blow like a man and responded with a flurry that had his man backing away. The final round was a gem as both pugilists attempted to impress the judges with their aggression. In the end stamina played a decisive role and it was Cummings who prevailed unanimously.
Triston Brown (GDF) collected the baton and kept the tempo alive with a victory over another REP, William DeAbreu, also a lightweight bout. Both pugilists demonstrated will and determination, wielding wicked salvos that entertained the small but appreciative crowd. It was obvious that the winner would have been the one with the ring smarts but most importantly, the better conditioned body. In the end Brown proved to be the one, finishing the fight the stronger, for the judges to award him a well-deserved points decision.
Anthony Patterson (REP) appeared determined to change the fortunes for his gym and attacked Jamal Brisport (GDF) from the first gong of their lightweight encounter. Fighting out of a southpaw stance, Patterson launched an attack but was met with equal retaliation. Brisport changed his tactics in the second round and adopted a jab and move stance, pausing briefly to engage in some infighting. The ploy paid off and kept Patterson at bay for Brisport to claim the unanimous verdict.
Quamy Cumberbatch (REP) was determined to change the fortunes of his gym and he started his jnr/welterweight bout against Leon Semply throwing right crosses to the head with a few body blows for good measure. His ploy was effective and after one such combination the referee jumped in and instituted the mandatory 8 count to Semply.
The Republican representative clearly took the first round and resumed duties in the second. Only this time he was met by a determined Semply who lashed out and connected with a vicious clout to his temple. The blow drifted Cumberbatch and caused the referee to institute the mandatory 8 count. On resumption, the Republican tried to recoup the points but his opponent was in full flow and matched his every blow to clearly take the honours in the second stanza.
In the 3rd round, Semply resumed where he had left off and by then Cumberbatch was too tired to offer much resistance and eventually surrendered by a unanimous verdict.
The Guyana Defence Force also enjoyed victories after Mark Blake bulldozed Delroy Kingston (PRBG) and forced the referee to halt the contest midway into the first stanza while Joshua Fraser (GDF) solidified his team’s position with a point’s win over Alvin Gounga (REP).
In the welterweight division, Omar Natuhsokhodo of the Forgotten Youth foundation (FYF) scored a TKO victory over Terrey Peters (REP) while Peters’ gym mate, Bobby Hou-yen defeated Kellon Isaacs (PRBG) in their welterweight bout.
The 6 contesting gyms are Republican (REP), Guyana Defence Force (GDF), Pocket Rocket Boxing Gym (PRBG), Forgotten Youth Foundation (FYF), Young Achievers (YA and Rose Hall Jammers (RHJ). The action continued last evening and will conclude tonight.
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