Watched by a handful of die-hard Boxing fans on a day Christians believe that Jesus rose from the dead, last Sunday Evening’s U-16 and Juniors Boxing Championships at the National Gymnasium was used to prepare the young pugilists for the Caribbean Schoolboys & Junior Championships.
President of the GABA, Steve Ninvalle said that Sunday evening’s Championships would be very important for Guyana’s preparation for the Caribbean Championships.
“The competition in this year’s Caribbean School boys & Juniors’ tournament is expected to be fierce since the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico who, along with Cuba, are considered the powerhouses in Latin America Amateur Boxing, have been invited to match gloves with their other Caribbean counterparts,” Ninvalle had pointed out.
Sunday Evening’s Card should have seen bouts involving from Boxers from Pocket Rocket from Linden, Essequibo Gym, Rose Hall Jammers from Berbice, Forgotten Youth Foundation, Young Achievers and Harpy Eagles.
Eleven fights, including four exhibition bouts, were scheduled with the Rose Hall Jammers and Harpy Eagles not participating.
The Exhibition bout saw Emmanuel Pompey (Young Achievers) boxing Gerron Mackenzie (YA), Alisa Jackman matching gloves with her sister Abiola Jackman in an all FYF bout, Seon Graham coming up against Richard Howard (FYF) and Deron Williams (Vergonoegen) and Squancy Wright (Vergonoegen) showing off their skills.
The 51-year-old Cuban Boxing Coach Francisco Hernandez Roldan, in his second stint here, is responsible for overseeing Boxers that represented Guyana at the Commonwealth Games, World Championships, South American Youth Games, Pan Am Qualifiers and the Goodwill tournament that was hosted here, was also present as was Technical Director Terrence Poole.
In the first bout of the night the Lightweight clash between Forgotten Youth Foundation’s (FYF) Ryan Benjamin and Russzon Blair from the Vergonoegen Boxing Gym,was not contested as Blair won by Walk Over.
Sherlon Steven of Young Achievers (YA) lost on points to Vergonoegen’s Daniel Wright
Alex Butcher (YA) beat Justin Winfield (Pocket Rocket) round 1 knock-out
Joshua Joseph (FYF) lost to Marlon Barker (FYF) on points
Josqwan Milo (FYF) beat Isaiah Winfield (Pocket Rocket) on points
Dwaine Baptiste (FYF) won on a split decision over Machali Jones (FYF)
Patrick Harvey (FYF) beat Christopher Romeo (Vergenoogen boxing gym) on points
Harvey was adjudged the best boxer and received a pair of boxing gloves donated by Ninvalle. (Sean Devers)
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