Wright named `Best Boxer’, FYF champion gymESSEQUIBO Boxing Gym’s (EBG) Shanquincy Wright, for the second consecutive year, has been named the Michael Parris Under-16 `Best Boxer’ after two consecutive victories in the Guyana Boxing Association’s (GBA) Demerara Distillers Limited one-day tournament which was staged on Sunday at the National Gymnasium, Mandela Avenue.The tournament which was anticipated to attract over 40 boxers from across Guyana failed to live up to expectations with regard to the number of gyms and pugilists, as only the EBG and Forgotten Youth Foundation (FYF) gyms were represented by quite a few boxers. There was a lone pugilist from the Pocket Rocket Gym.At the end of the day’s proceedings, the FYF gym was named the Best Gym, dethroning EBG who won the inaugural title in 2015.
Isiah Moore (left) son of former Guyana world-rater Leon `Hurry Up’ Moore absorbs an overhand right from Junior Hyman in their 105-109lb division contest. Moore went on to win by a TKO.Wright, who won the `Best Boxer’ award last year with two convincing victories, returned this year a more polished boxer, compliments of his coach and former national intermediate champion Clifton Moore.In the opening fight of the day’s card, Wright made light work of his FYF opponent M. Moore, a debutant in the 70-74lb group, then came back later in the afternoon to beat his gym mate Deron Williams, thereby securing the `Best Boxer’ award.Wright showed great potential for a 14-year-old as he outclassed Williams in every department, out-boxing Williams who, when he tried to step up the pace of the fight, Wright was equal to the task and never backed away and deservedly won the `Best Boxer’ award.Another outstanding boxer on show on Sunday was Isiah Moore, son of former Guyanese world-rater, Leon `Hurry Up’ Moore who contested the 105-109lb category for the FYF gym and came out victorious over Junior Hyman (EBG) with a TKO victory.Young Moore, like his father, looked classy and vicious at the same time and seems to be one to watch in the future.In other results, FYF’s Travis Inverary secured a points win against his gym mate Q. Harris in a 75-79lb division bout. In the 120-125lb division, Delroy Elcock (EBG) beat his gym mate Shaquille Wright on points, while S. Graham (FYF) defeated his gym mate M. Beckles in a 65-69lb division co0ntest.In the In the 90-94lb division, it was a case of another contest between two gym mates and saw M. Sukhra (FYF) coming out on top of J. Thompson.The 105-109lb division saw J. Ross (EBG) secure a TKO against his gym mate S. Hutson, while Pocket Rocket Boxing Gym’s lone entrant Omar Pollard scored a points decision win against Delroy Elcock (EBG) in their 110-114lb match-up.In the 150-157lb division, S. Wither (FYF) defeated Brian Harris on points.Meanwhile, the GBA’s national intermediate championships will be held from September 9 to 11 at a venue to be announced.