Dusard, Stone strike gold in Ireland
Middleweight Nicholas Dusard and heavyweight Richard Stone both struck gold in points sparring, late Thursday evening, at the International Sports Kickboxing Association’s (ISKA) Amateur Members Association World Championships at the Neptune Stadium in Cork City, Ireland.
Dusard, 29, Jamaica’s most decorated ISKA fighter, won a gripping final against Volodymyr Semikinr, overwhelming the bulky Ukrainian 16-1 in a blistering spread of points. Dusard advanced after controlling his first-round match, 11-1, against England’s Dean Imburich.
Heavyweight Richard Stone, a double gold medallist, points and continuous sparring, at last year’s championships in Montego Bay Jamaica, and Germany 2015, defeated the United States’ Chris Green in a closely contested encounter, making full use of his height advantage against the experienced heavyweight.
Up to late yesterday evening, the Jamaicans, whose three-man contingent, led by captain Ackeem Lawrence, is the smallest at the championships, remained on target to bag six gold medals as the tournament moved into the continuous-sparring division. The team division, which Jamaica won at home last year, is set for this evening.
Jamaica hosted the championships at the Montego Bay Convention Centre last and topped honours in the continuous and point divisions, racking 118 medals – 27 gold, 35 silver, and 56 bronze – bettered only by England’s 126, and finishing third, in terms of quality, behind the United States.