Canadian junior boxers score close victory over Jamaicans
Junior boxers from the Eskasoni Red Tribe Boxing Club in Canada scored a 3-2 victory over their Jamaican counterparts recently at the Montego Bay Cricket Club, as the Jamaica Boxing Board took its Gloves for Guns project outside of the Corporate Area for the first time. There were also four other bouts on the programme, featuring boxers from gyms in other parishes.
The board has established a relationship with the Canada-based boxing club, and sent a team of junior boxers there last year. Plans are already afoot for a team from Jamaica to visit Canada next June when the Red Tribe will be having their anniversary celebrations.
The boxers who participated in the dual tournament varied in ages from 14-16 and from flyweight to heavyweight divisions. The Red Tribe boxers got off to a good start, when lightweight Ethan Marshall scored an easy points victory over Kevin Brown from Jamaica's Sugar Olympic gym. There was plenty of action in this bout, with the Canadian being the aggressor throughout.
Jamaica's Arnold Anderson from the St Thomas Boxing Club evened the score immediately, however, with a dominant performance in his lightweight bout against Canada's Kobe Peck. He took charge from the opening bell and overwhelmed his opponent. Canada moved back into the lead in the next bout for heavyweights as burly and hard-hitting Arthur Johnson had too much power for his opponent, Robert Napier Jr. from St Thomas, and the referee stopped this contest at 1 minute 59 seconds of the second round.
Flyweight Ashawney Lawes from Stanley Couch gym gave a gutsy performance to bring Jamaica level when he outpointed the Red Tribe's Braedon Paul Levy, but bantamweight Braydon Leblanc clinched the team victory for the Red Tribe when his opponent, Howard McLaughlin, who was making his ring debut, was disqualified in the second round.
In other bouts, Daniel Hylton from Stanley Couch won on points over Samuel Grant from Sugar Olympic gym, Alando Lewis from Savanna-la-Mar gym defeated Reynaldo Beckford from Oracabessa gym on points, Kevonne Willis from the Jamaica Defence Force outpointed G. C. Foster's Calvin Mignott, and Ian Darby from the Jamaica Defence Force, outpointed Janathan Hanson from Stanley Couch gym to bring the curtain down on a good night of boxing.