Guyanese boxers dominate “Nuff Cuff”

Guyanese boxers dominated proceedings from the opening bell on Sunday evening when the Guyana Amateur Boxing Federation (GABF) held its first major event of 2017 at the National Gymnasium on Mandela Avenue. “Nuff Cuff” as the event was called, featured boxers from neighbouring Suriname and the best of the best from local shores.
In the feature event, Desmond “Dynamite” Amsterdam and Dennis Thomas were engaged in a tight tussle but Amsterdam emerged victorious after the judges ruled 2-1.
In the first round, Amsterdam, who represents the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) gym, began with strong defence but started to exhilarate towards the end.
The second round, Thomas rebounded well sending several punches and landing a few. However, what had transpired in the first two rounds setup an intriguing third and final encounter.
Amsterdam started slowly in the deciding three minutes against the tired-looking Thomas as he received a large number of punches, especially towards the end and with the raucous crowd on their feet, Amsterdam finished off things in style having Thomas leaned on the ropes.
After the fight, Amsterdam expressed ecstasy claiming that he had also wanted to beat Thomas and was happy with his achievement.
“I [am] overwhelmed tonight; I approached the fight with my intimidating style and I was happy to come out on top because he is a good fighter; my training paid off too,” the Caribbean Middleweight champion related.
In the other 14 fights, Guyanese made a mess of their Surinamese counterparts and almost replicated their performances when they travelled to the Dutch country last year.
The four bouts saw, the powerful Jason Bakker defeated Fitzgerald King when the referee stopped the fight in the opening after the visitor floored on two occasions.

Desmond “Dynamite” Amsterdam after his bout with Dennis Thomas
Desmond “Dynamite” Amsterdam after his bout with Dennis Thomas
Colin Lewis
Colin Lewis

Travis Subratte beat Marlon Leming with unanimous decision while Travis Husband also came out triumphant against Stephon Van Ommeren when the contest was stopped in the second and penultimate round.
Only Tony Lin (Surinamese) fought to the end showing good technique against Guyanese Shaquille Wright. Wright was declared winner on a unanimous decision.
Other fighters chalked up victories were Travis Husband over Jamal Eastman while Colin Lewis got the better of Joel Williams. Richard Lanferman defeated Joshua Corbin all in the middleweight category.
In the lightweight division, Junior Hyman defeated Issia Moore while Sean Graham beat Seshoa Elcock.
Meanwhile, Seon Bristol of BrisMac Promotions stated that he was delighted to pull off another successful event and promised to continue to have more of these international boxing cards. He was very thankful to the President of the GABF Steve Ninvalle, who he mentioned had worked tirelessly hard to have these talented boxers on show.
Guyana Times Sport also caught up with President of the Suriname Boxing Association Remie Burke who declared that the event was a great learning experience for his athletes and expressed profound gratitude to the Federation for their invitation.
Even though all four of the boxers suffered defeats, he believes that the experience was invaluable and promised to participate when the federation hosts more events in the future.
The night’s was also possible due to the support of several sponsors including Ansa McAl, Windjammer Hotel, White Castle Fish Shop, Nigel Pile and Trophy Stall of Bourda Market.