By Sean Devers
Another disappointing crowd watched Commonwealth Youth Games Silver medallist Keevin Allicock produce a boxing exhibition on the penultimate night of GBA’s Terrence Ali National Open Boxing Championships at the National Gymnasium on Saturday night.
At just 19, Allicock showed he is the best teenage Boxer in the Caribbean with a masterful display in his semi-final bout against GDF’s Clinton Clarke.
Skill, lightning fast combinations, excellent use of the ring and angles combined to give him a dominating performance against his South Paw opponent.
The Forgotten Youth Foundation (FYF) pugilist made the Solider miss many of his shot as the Bantamweight employed good evasive skill and was all over his man with quick one-two combinations to Clarke’s mid-section and head as the GDF fighter tried to keep the talented Allicock out of range with his right jabs.
Allicock controlled the opening with nice jabs followed them up with crunching upper-cuts to the body and smoothly switched from orthodox to South Paw before turning on the heat in the second stanza; connecting with several good shots causing the Referee to administer three standing 8 counts on Clarke.
Clarke tried to counter-punch and landed a few jabs to Allicock and the drums of the GDF drums sounded in encouragement of their fighter who was backed up on the ropes by the versatile Allicock and the contest was halted in 2:21 seconds of the second round.
Another competitive match-up was the fight between VBG’s Christopher Moore and Police’s Dewani Lampkin, who had beaten Kevin McKenzie on the first night.
After a cautious start in the first round where they tested the water with some pawing jabs, Moore picked up the pace towards the end of the round which he appeared to win.
The second round saw the pair trading punches with both boxers punching and counter punching with good combinations and when the bell rang the round could have gone either way.
The final round saw the fighters going after each other and throwing a lot of punches in bunches but Moore was scoring with harder shots and won by a split decision in the Junior Welterweight contest.
After being given a couple of standing 8 counts in round two of their Junior Welterweight bout, a late rally by Aubrey Moore from VBG in West Demerara still saw him lose on points to GDF’s Colin Lewis, while in Welterweight Emmanuel Sancho from Harpy Eagles won by a split decision over GDF’s Aluko Bess in an action packed brawl.
In the Middleweight affair there were plenty of big shots thrown by both GDF’s Desmond Amsterdam and Alex Murray from FYF before a hard left hook sent a hurt Murray reeling to the Canvas with Referee Richard Braithwaite stopping the contest at 2 minutes into the second round, a decision which did not go down well with the FYF supporters.
Seventeen times defending champions GDF lost two of the four bouts they were involved in on night two but with the largest contingent among the clubs they are again expected to retain the Champion Club title, especially since the Republican Boxing Gym (Prison) is not participation this year.
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