Hylton gets controversial decision over Declou
There were a few cheers and lots of boos at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium last Wednesday night as Jamaica's Kevin Hylton defeated Guyana's Edmond DeClou on points in the preliminary round of the 'Wray and Nephew Contender' 2015 competition. Judge Clifford Brown scored the bout 57-57, but the other judges Lindell Allen and Peter Richards both gave Hylton the edge 58-56 each.
As the score indicates, it was a close affair, and Hylton, who is a defensive boxer, fought in spurts and put his defensive skills to good use against his taller opponent, who depended on the jab to score most of his points. His jabbing was not decisive enough, however, and a lot of those that he threw were blocked by Hylton, who used a rock-hard defence to blunt many of his opponent's attacks.
It was not an exciting fight, and both men fought in spurts. Hylton's tactic was to defend and then counter-punch, and this tactic proved to be successful on Wednesday. DeClou seemed to have a better repertoire of punches, with the jab as his main weapon, and it seemed at one stage of the fight, that he would dominate the activity.
He did not, however, and was much too tentative in his approach. To his credit, Hylton produced a very tight defence throughout the fight, and scored most of the time when he attacked the body. He was also wild at times, and missed the target area several times when he threw overhand rights that were aimed at the head of his opponent.
DeClou depended on the jab a lot, but on many occasions, he failed to hit the target area because Hylton blocked the punches. Hylton's best rounds were the third and fourth, while DeClou had his best results in rounds two and five. The critical rounds were therefore the first and last, and Hylton just got the nod from two of the judges to earn himself a spot in the
Wednesday's encounter was the fifth in the preliminary round of the competition, in which 16 boxers are vying for places in the quarter-finals. The other boxers who have gone through so far are Kemahl Russell, Jermaine Bowen and Tsetsi Davis from Jamaica, and Derick Richmond from Guyana. Next week, Richard Holmes from Jamaica is slated to go against Charwin Estwick from Guyana.