MARVIN Ageday scored a controversial split-decision win over a game William Hendricks last Sunday night, as Guyana Boxing Association (GBA)/Mackeson Fight Night’s open-air contest continued for the second night on the National Cultural Centre tarmac.
Fighting out of the middleweight division, Ageday was awarded two out of the three rounds, even though he was floored by Hendricks in the final round, to increase his record in the competition to 2-0, following his win against Kevin Rodney, when the action punched off in Linden.
Ageday’s latest victory enables him to top the division when the programme wraps up in the Ancient County of Berbice this weekend, as the GBA, with valuable assistance from Ansa McAl’s Mackeson brand, seeks to decentralise and further develop the sport of amateur boxing in Guyana.
However, last Sunday night, Rodney chalked up a unanimous decision win over Trevon King – who also defeated Hendricks last weekend – leaving the division wide open.
The Ageday and Hendricks bout was the feature one for the evening and fight fans at the venue offered their support to both pugilists who both showed aggression from the beginning
Certainly, Hendricks was the busier opponent in the two latter rounds even though he was subjected to some flush combinations from Ageday.
In what seemed to be an even contest after two rounds, Hendricks went on the offensive to gain the advantage in the final round, forcing the patrons to chant “beat him William, beat him”, following which a lusty blow from Hendricks sent Ageday to the canvas in the final round.
However,, Ageday took a mandatory eight-count, which seemed to level the score after a nippy right-hand combination and for the laymen, it looked as if Hendricks had secured the win, but the judges’ scorecards told a different story at the end of the contest.
With the win, Ageday remains unbeaten after two cards while King and Rodney have a win and a loss each, leaving Hendricks who is yet to score a win, in a tight position to do so in the Ancient County this weekend.
In the welterweight division, Ron Smith defeated Clifton Graham and Bert Brathwaite kept his unbeaten record for the junior welterweight division intact, when he recorded a unanimous decision over Aquincy Harvey in the junior welterweight division, which places him on a collision course with Kurt Kendall, who lost a unanimous decision to Kelon King.
In the lightweight division, Stephan Gouveia recorded a second-round knockout victory over Kevin Ting-A-Kee, who had given a spirited account of himself on the opening night in Linden, enabling Gouveia to remain unbeaten, while Clairmont Gibson, who outlasted Ting-A-Kee lost a split decision to Anandram Dharamraj, who had earlier lost to Gouveia.