By Sean Devers
While it was far less than the 1,500 capacity that the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall can accommodate, the crowd on Sunday night was the largest of four nights of the fifth annual CBC as they
watched Guyana regain the title they lost to Grenada in St Lucia last year.
Guyana, winners in the inaugural Championships on home soil in 2015 and again in Barbados in 2016, finished with 10 Gold, three Silver and two Bronze, while 19-year-old Bantamweight Gold Medallist Keevin Allicock was adjudged the Best Boxer.
Trinidad & Tobago, with their largest contingent in five-year history of this tournament finished second with four Gold, three Silver and three Bronze in a Championships described by President of the Guyana Boxing Association (GBA) Steve Ninvalle as the Caribbean’s Olympics.
The highly touted Allicock, competing in the last bout of the Championships which concluded close to 01:00hrs yesterday morning, beat Barbadian Ajayl Jones on points in their Bantamweight battle to capture his second consecutive Gold in two years.
The teenager who fights out of the Forgotten Youth Foundation (FYF) was on the attack from the first bell and peppered Jones with blows to the body as he backed him up on the ropes. When Jones counter-punched the swift footed Allicock easily danced out of range.
A body dig in the second round sent the Bajan on his knees and he received a standing 8 count as the lad from Albouystown dominated the round.
The intensity picked in the final round as Allicock continued to go to body with lightning fast four-punch combinations before going to the head. Jones tried to fight back with 1-2 combinations but most of his shots missed their mark.
Allicock was too fast and although he could have jabbed a bit more his hand speed allowed him to penetrate Jones’s defence as he bullied his man to easily win the fight.
Another entertaining bout was the middleweight encounter between Guyana’s Desmond Amsterdam and St Lucian Arthur Langalier. The Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Boxer came out with all guns blazing and clinically executed combinations to the body and head but the St Lucian fought back with left, right combinations in the fast paced encounter.
A three-punch combination hurt Langalier and a standing 8 count was administered before a left to the body and a straight right to head staggered the St Lucian who received another 8 count.
Langalier fought back in the second round as the boxers traded punches in the centre of the ring. Amsterdam scored with a flurry of shots but the St Lucian responded with a left to body and a right to the head to close the gap by the end of round two.
Amsterdam was hit by a right hand to the head at the beginning of the final round but the Guyanese retaliated with an upper-cut and the raucous crowd was into the fight creating a wonderful atmosphere.
An overhand right to the head resulted in Langalier getting his third 8 count of the action-packed affair and the fans in the packed VIP section were on their feet and screaming contradicting instructions the Guyanese.Next page›
Langalier countered with an overhand right of his own and backed up Amsterdam who was given an 8 count before the St Lucian was hit with a couple of low blows.
Amsterdam jumped on his man unleashing a series of shots to the body and head but Langalier counterattacked with a crunching upper cut to the Kitchen and at the end of shot-filled contest there was a standing ovation for both boxers with Amsterdam winning on points.
Trinidad also won five bouts on the final night including four against Guyanese with Tyron St Clair, fighting a more technical fight, dominating Guyana’s Emmerson Farley in the Novices Super Heavyweight contest.
Andrew Fermin beat Guyanese Aubrey Headley on points in their Heavyweight bout as Headley tried to man handle the Trini and missed most of his punches in what seemed at times to be a mixed Martial Arts contest.
A wicked left hook from Jamal Eastman to the head of Guyana’s Jessie Beckles saw their Lightweight match-up ending in 33 seconds of the second round, while the towering Nigel Paul, the only Olympian in the Championships, made light work of Guyanese Shamear Mingo who survived two 8 counts before the fight was halted in 2:21 in first round. T&T’s other win was achieved when Micheal Alexander beat Bajan Justin Edwards in a Light welterweight affair.
St Lucian Lyndel Marcelin had a successful defence of his Welterweight title which he won last year on home soil when his bout against Barbadian Jamal Edmond was stopped in the first round.
In the Women’s bouts, which were three two-minute rounds, the Jackman siblings avenged the loss of fellow Guyanese, 21-year-old Joanne Williams who was battered into submission by Brandy Barnes of Cayman Islands before their lightweight bout was stopped in 2:15 of round two.
Abiola beat Tortola’s Sherika Elias when the Referee stopped the bout in 2:10 of the second round, while Aleshia defeated Grenadian Corrie Mapp when the bout was stopped in 32 seconds in the second round.
In the other fights involving Guyanese Boxers, Astion Niles started the night off by beating Dominican Delroy Charles in their Novices Light Heavy encounter and Mark Pierre defeated Deion Pruitt of USVI.
In the three local bouts Kevin Isaacs beat Richard Subrattee, Albert Thomas beat Kevon Mullings and Sean Griffith got the better Clinton Clarke.
T&T ladies Faith Ramnauth and Tina Guy featured in an exhibition bout after their fights with Guyana’s Janessa and Angela Lamazon were called off.
Director of Sports Christopher Jones and Guyanese Mike Parris, the Boxer from the English speaking Caribbean to win an Olympic Medal (Bronze in 1980) were among those who presented the Medals.
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