Defending Champions Guyana encountered several obstacles including controversial decisions during the 2019 Caribbean Boxing Championships which concluded on Sunday Evening at the National Cycling Velodrome in Couva in Central Trinidad.
This year’s tournament was won by host Trinidad & Tobago with Barbados finishing second and Guyana, who failed to mount a successful title defence, ended third.
Keevin Allicock and the Jackman sisters (Alesha and Abiola) got Gold Medals, while Mark Crawford, Dennis Thomas and Julius Chesney won Silvers Medals. Richard Howard, Kevin Hunte and Darren France captured Bronze Medals.
Poole, who performed duties of Manager, noted that there were several hurdles in the tournament for Guyana which began even before they departed Guyana for Trinidad.
“The Judging here was very poor and we had to deal with that. We had to pay a protest fee of US$1,000 since the decision was so bad we felt we had to protest the result of the bout between Richard Howard and of T&T’s Hosein Nyrell,” Poole said.
The results of the protest favoured the Trinidadian and Guyana lost the protest fee.
Poole, the Head Coach of club Champions GDF, informed that Guyana took a young team, many of whom fought in this year’s Schoolboys and Novice Championships.
The Super heavyweight bout between Kevin Hunte and Trinidadian Nigel Paul was stopped by the Referee but GBA’s Technical Director Terrence Poole said he was not too disappointed since Paul attended the Olympics.
“We only had four Senior Boxers and the youngsters would have gained exposure and experience from fighting experienced Boxers,” Poole said.
Poole said while Keevin Allicock was expected to win a Gold Medal he was most pleased with the Gold Medals won the Jackman siblings (Alesha and Abiola) who were attending their first ever overseas tournament.
“Even a week before the CBC started the boxers did not know if they would still be able to have a chance of defending their title because of a lack of funding for the trip,” Poole concluded.
The team were expected home last night. (Sean Devers)
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