GDF is top gym at GBA Intermediate boxing c/ships

When the final bell chimed at this year’s Lennox Blackmoore National Intermediate Championships on Sunday night at the National Gymnasium, Julius Kesney and the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) took home the marquee trophies.

After three nights of fistic fury, Kesney, of the Rose Hall Jammers Gym, was awarded the coveted best boxer trophy while the GDF snared the best gym accolade.

The Berbician, fighting in the bantamweight division, boxed his way to the award by unanimously defeating his opponents, Orin Rodrigues, Anthony Patterson and Courtney Lynch.

While Kesney took the top honors in the elite category, Keevin Allicock of Harpy Eagles, was adjudged the best boxer in the youth division.

Guyana Defence Force’s Rhondel Douglas and Delroy Nero of the Republican Gym battling it out. (Orlando Charles photo)
Guyana Defence Force’s Rhondel Douglas and Delroy Nero of the Republican Gym battling it out. (Orlando Charles photo)
Orlando Norton of the Guyana Defence Force and Republican’s Joshua Joseph in action during the final night of the GBA Intermediate championships. (Orlando Charles photo)
Orlando Norton of the Guyana Defence Force and Republican’s Joshua Joseph in action during the final night of the GBA Intermediate championships. (Orlando Charles photo)

GDF tallied 22 points to march away with the gym award while Republican Gym ended on six. Third was the Rose Hall Jammers with two points.

The championships which featured a total 29 bouts, 55 boxers, (females included) and nine gyms competing for trophies and bragging rights was a successful one despite the lack of attendance and lucrative corporate sponsorship.

Named after Guyana’s first Commonwealth boxing champion, the fixture is seen as an avenue for spotting and harnessing the talent of the young boxers who could potentially become future world champions.

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