Fourth straight Caribbean Schoolboys boxing title for Guyana
For the fourth year in succession Guyana won the Caribbean Schoolboys and Juniors Championship, which concluded on Sunday evening at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.
Guyana accumulated a whopping 30 points, being dominant over Trinidad and Tobago (12 points) and St. Lucia (five points), to retain the Caribbean title they first won in 2016.
Guyana won eight gold medals and three silver, while Trinidad won two gold and St. Lucia one at the action-packed three-day event.
On the final night, Guyanese Richard Howard won the 52kg Youth title on points over Krishone Pierre of St. Lucia. However, fellow local, Wayne Castillo, lost to Gilchris Medard of St. Lucia in the 52kg Junior.
The power-packed Alesh Jackman battered Shirley Wolfe in the Girls 52kg, with the referee having to stop the fight 1:16 seconds into the first round.
Likewise, Emanuel Pompey knocked the lights out of Cayman Islands’ Deshane Vousden. The referee stopped the bout 1:37 seconds in the second round.
Guyana’s Travis Inverary lost to Trinidad’s Nryel Hosein in the 57kg Juniors, while Patrick Harvey won on points against Juan Rodgriues in the 60kg Juniors.
Meanwhile, Coach Sebert Blake noted it was due rewards for 10 weeks of hard training and if these fighters can be given the necessary exposure and support, the country’s prospect is bright.
Harvey was awarded Best Junior Boxer, while Jackman won Best Female Boxer and Al Jaleel Jokhu from T&T was deemed Best Schoolboy Boxer.
Following the conclusion of the event, Harold Hopkinson of Secure Innovations and Concepts made a presentation of US$100 to each of the Guyanese boxers who won international bouts.
Boxers from Trinidad and Tobago, the Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Barbados and St. Lucia participated in the championships.