Caribbean Schoolboys Boxing: Wright, Pompey strike gold for Guyana
By Akeem Greene
Shaqueal Wright and Emmanuel Pompey were the first two Guyanese boxers to land gold on at the Caribbean Schoolboys and Junior boxing championships being staged at the National Gymnasium, Mandela Avenue.
Both boxers battered their opponents, who were only saved when the referee stopped the contest in the first round on Saturday (August 18).
Wright, fighting in the Juniors’ lightweight, did no wrong against St Lucia’s Sherwin Christopher, executing some lusty blows which left Christopher staggering. He was given the count and it was lights out after.
Pompey produced a similar masterclass against Jamaica’s Rhamone Chung. Pompey practically had Chung as a punch bag, with left/right combinations coming a rapid rate. Pompey got in a powerful uppercut, which brought the curtains down on Chung’s respite.
In the local schoolboys division (26-30 kg), Joshua Thambarran won via unanimous over Collin Williams while the referee stopped Trevor Sealey from inflicting anymore battering upon Alex Adams in the 30-34kg division.
Once more, referee’s intervention was a necessity in Dwayne Castello’s triumph over Dextroy Primo while Garveld Hyman won over Joel Anthony. In the 60kg final, Enoch Munroe topped Shermon Stephens.
The lone local female bout for the night was quite exciting until the referee brought an end to the contest with young prodigy Julicia Rodney gasping for her breath. She was victim to some powerful blows via Abiola Jacman. After being helped off the mat, Rodeny had to be given medical attention. She did recover after the treatment.
The final day will be on Sunday (August 19) and the locals will be looking to eclipse the six gold and two silver they won last year. The countries attending are Jamaica, St. Lucia and Trinidad & Tobago.
Action commences at 18:00h, with admission being $500 to the stands, while ringside is $1,000.