Bowen scores ex­cit­ing win on Bar­bi­can box­ing card

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

JA­MAICAN LIGHTHEAVY­WEIGHT boxer Jer­maine Bowen stole the spot­light last Saturday night when he scored an ex­cit­ing unan­i­mous points vic­tory over Shel­don Lawrence from Trinidad and Tobago, at the Bar­bi­can Beach Sports Com­plex on East Kings House Road, in a six-round con­test.

Judges Rans­ford Bur­ton and Clif­ford Brown both scored it 59-55 and 59-55, while judge Lin­dell Allen had it 58-56. This was the high­light of a seven-fight Pro-Am card, which also fea­tured four bouts be­tween box­ers from Ja­maica and the Cay­man Is­lands. This ended with two vic­to­ries each by the two coun­tries. In the other fight on the card, Ja­maica’s Sakima Mullings scored a 2 minute 47 sec­onds fourth-round knock­out vic­tory over Court­ney McCleave from the USA in what was def­i­nitely a mis­match.

The was shared be­tween the Ja­maica Box­ing Board, who where re­spon­si­ble for the am­a­teur por­tion of he card, and two new box­ing pro­mot­ers, I-Fight Pro­mo­tions and Cre­ative Sports and En­ter­tain­ment, who had one pro-fight each. It was the start of a new ex­per­i­ment de­signed to en­sure that there are more box­ing events over the next 12 months. The cost of putting on reg­u­lar box­ing cards is said to be the main de­ter­rent, so the pro­mot­ers shared the costs with the board. Spon­sors who also as­sisted were Us­ain Bolt’s Tracks and Records, Locker Room Sports and Stoneleigh Cof­fee.

Bowen, who went into the bout with a 1-3 record, was seen as the un­der­dog be­cause his op­po­nent had a 6-0 record, with five knock­outs. Af­ter a brief feel­ing-out process,

Lawrence, who is a south­paw, made it clear that his aim was to knock out his op­po­nent with body shots. He there­fore kept the ac­tion at close range, and the Ja­maican had to use a Mullings ... scored knock­out win.

tight de­fence to weather the early storm.

BAT­TLE OF WITS

In the sec­ond round, Lawrence tried to re­sume where he had left off, but Bowen kept on the out­side this time, and used his jabs to good ad­van­tage. It then turned out to be a bat­tle of wits, and Bowen’s jab even­tu­ally turned out to be the su­pe­rior weapon. He cut Lawrence over the left eye in the fifth round and ref­eree Owen Nel­son asked Dr An­dré McDon­ald to take a look at it. He al­lowed the fight to con­tinue. Both men were winded at this stage and into the

fi­nal round, and Bowen came away with a hard-earned but de­ci­sive vic­tory.

Mullings, at 18 wins and two losses, went against an op­po­nent with one win and three losses and toyed with him all the way. McCleave, who does not have much box­ing skills, was knocked down in the third and then knocked out in the fourth with a flurry of body shots.

The am­a­teur bouts were well con­tested. Two Ja­maicans met in the first, and Col­lel Hogg ended his bout with Sa­muel Grant in the third round by tech­ni­cal knock­out. There was a fe­male bout be­tween two box­ers who are new to the sport, where Cham­bria Dol­house from Cay­man won on points over Keron Thomas. Young Daniel Hyl­ton, who is a very tal­ented boxer, won on points over Alexan­der Smith from Cay­man in a ju­nior light wel­ter­weight con­test, Ja­maica’s Ri­cardo Carter out­classed Cay­man’s Ed­uardo Mon­talvo in a light­weight con­test, and in the fi­nal bout, Cay­man’s Dariel Ebanks out­pointed Ja­maica’s Alando Lewis in a light heavy­weight con­test.

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