Guyana’s Allicock produces stunner as local boxers continue dominance
GUYANA’S Junior Commonwealth Games’ silver medalist, Keevin Allicock, exhibited tremendous speed and stamina on the second night of the Caribbean Boxing Championship which concludes tonight at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.
The `Ghetto youth’ who hails from the Albouystown, Georgetown community, displayed class and tenacity in his bantamweight clash against Trinidad and Tobago’s Anthony Joseph, scoring a points victory after three bruising rounds of boxing.
While the Allicock versus Joseph bout was an entertaining one, there were other bouts on the night’s programme that were equally entertaining and at the end of the night, the host country secured four victories from five engagements.
The locals won one of two Elite Category bouts and three of three Novices contests.
Barbados won three of their four contests, Trinidad and Tobago won three of five, the US Virgin Islands and St Lucia both won one each from as many bouts.
On the other hand, Grenada lost all five of their second-night bouts. Dominica lost both their fights on Friday night.
In the Allicock versus Joseph Bantamweight contest, both boxers went to the middle of the ring, looking to end the fight as early as possible and it was Allicock who took the fight to the Trinidadian.
The Guyanese connected with a solid left hook to the head of his opponent and followed up with an overhand right to the same point that caused the referee to issue an eight-count to the Trinidadian.
On resumption, Allicock connected with a left uppercut and overhand right.
Round two saw Allicock in the same attacking mode, connecting to Joseph’s body and head with one-two combinations which the ‘Trini’ had no answer for.
The high point of the round was when Allicock pinned the ‘Trini’ to the ropes while pummeling him with a series of body combinations.
From the start of the third round, both boxers started to mix it up with the Guyanese getting the better of the exchanges.
Apart from Allicock, Trinidad’s light welterweight boxer, Michael Alexander, secured a unanimous points-decision win against Guyana’ and 2017 Caribbean gold medallist, Colin `Superman’ Lewis, in a fight that could have gone either way.
In the Welterweight Elite contest, it was evident from the start that the Guyanese (Lewis) wanted an early night as he stormed his opponent who chose to counter fight and was successful in doing so. Alexander caught the 2017 gold medallist with some telling uppercuts.
Lewis then switched up the game and started to use bull-dozing tactics, which was not enough to make inroads into the Trinidadian’s defence.
Lewis’ bull-dozing tactic did not pay off as the Trinidadian just countered his opponent’s advances with crisp uppercuts and overhand right crosses and in the end, Alexander was declared the winner on points.
There were four fights that ended within the distance.
The first was a light welterweight contest between Guyana’s Kevin McKenzie and Dominica’s N. Joseph which the referee stopped in the second round in the Guyanese favour.
The second was a novice welterweight bout between Barbados’ Lemer Tull and Dominica’s R. Williams which was stopped in round three in the Barbadian’s favour.
Trinidad and Tobago’s Olympian Nigel Paul then forced the referee to stop his super heavyweight contest against Grenada’s Shevon Lewis at two minutes 37 seconds of the first round and then Guyana’s Antion Nilles secured a second-round TKO against Trinidad and Tobago’s Kevin John in their novice’s light heavyweight contest.