If you are a fan of boxing then the place to be on ‘Boxing Day’ was the National Gymnasium. There, some of Guyana’s brightest prospects put on a dazzling display of fireworks. Keevin Allicock proved to be the key igniter.
The Commonwealth Youth Games silver medalist dominated Clairmonte Gibson in their rematch which headlined the sizzling card dubbed ‘Sons of Champions’.
Doing his best imitation of a computer mouse, the 18-year-old Allicock cut and pasted Gibson over three rounds of brutal pugilism, improving to a personal 2-0 against the Guyana Defence Force product.
While Gibson proved game, he was no match for the explosive combinations Allicock unloaded on his frame throughout the stanza. Gibson, the former bantamweight national champion was considered to be a step-up for Allicock who usually fights at flyweight.
‘Vibesman’, Gibson’s Alias, was Allicock’s toughest test on paper to date. In front of a large and vocal crowd which included the Allicock clan, the gold medalist at the recent Caribbean Development Boxing Tournament (CDBT) passed the test with a perfect score. He won on the scorecards via unanimous decision.
Allicock is not the only pugilist who continues to climb the ranks of the Regional amateur ladder. Another gold medalist at the CDBT which was staged in St Lucia earlier this month, Desmond Amsterdam proved that he was on another rung with an easy second round stoppage of Alukoo Bess who put on a gutsy performance but was simple overpowered by the man nicknamed ‘Dynamite’.
Julius Kesney was also in a class of his own and put on a boxing clinic against Junior Hyman to pull out a victory inside the distance (round two).
Meanwhile, in three very competitive fights which could have arguably gone either way, Isiah Moore defeated Omar Pollard while Sherman Morrison and Deshon Elcock got the judges’ nod over Christopher Moore and Emanuel Pompey.
Other winners on the 11-fight card included Shaquancy Wright (over Deron Williams), Travis Inverary (versus Richard Howard), Mickel Worrell (versus Justin Winfield) and Aubrey Headley who fought John Mars.
There was also a female exhibition bout involving Abiola and Alicia Jackman.
The event which was evidently a success, was a collaborative effort involving the Guyana Boxing Association and Seon Bristol of Briso Promotions.