St Thomas top junior boxing champs
St Thomas Boxing Club retained their hold on the Jamaica Boxing Board's Youth and Junior Championships, when they came out ahead of five other gyms at the Stanley Couch Gym last Saturday night, with 12 points.
Stanley Couch placed second with seven points, Savanna-la-mar had four points, Bruising Gym and Trench Town scored three each, Sugar Olympic picked up two points and Seaview Gym one point.
The championship featured Junior boxers aged 14-15 and Youth Boxers 16 and 17 years. In the junior category, there was a lot of action and the St Thomas team, which is coached by AIBA 1-Star Judge Robert Napier, excelled.
Lightweight Anthony Burke was their best boxer and in his bout against Shaquer Dobson from Sugar Olympic, he was dominant and won by TKO after only one minute and 56 seconds of the first round. He was voted the most outstanding junior boxer for this performance.
His teammate, Reynaldo Roberts, also had a TKO victory over another boxer from Sugar Olympic Gym, Malachi Baker.
The Youth division saw two excellent bouts. Menilik Russell from the Savanna-la-mar Gym won on points over Joshua Forrest Davidson from Seaview Gym, while Shavon Lindo from Bruising Gym, who is a technically sound boxer with a lot of promise, defeated Devenney Patterson from St Thomas on points. Russell was named the outstanding Youth Boxer.
In other bouts, Joseph Russell defeated Michael McDonald on points. Shadine Nash defeated Kirkland Clarke on points, Javon Goldson scored a second round TKO victory over Rahmong Chung and Brandon Gordon from St Thomas scored a surprise victory over Daniel Hylton from Stanley Couch, who recently won a silver medal at a development tournament in Guyana.