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GDF concludes 50th Anniversary Inter Unit Novices Boxing Championships

The Guyana Defence Force has concluded the finals of the 50th Anniversary Inter-Unit Male and Female Novices Boxing Championship 2015 with the Coast Guard retaining its title as champion unit.

The runner-up unit was Coastal Battalion, while the 3 1 Special Forces Squadron came in third and the 2nd Infantry Battalion, fourth.

The curtains came down on Friday March 13, 2015. The entire competition saw over 168 bouts, the largest in many years. The final night saw a total of 14 bouts including one female bout in the light heavyweight category and 3 exhibition fights.

The prize for best male boxer went to OR Collin Lewis of the Coast Guard who defeated LCPL Trevon Dooker to win the Junior Welterweight category. OR Marijka was adjudged the best female boxer.

The auditorium at Base Camp Ayanganna was filled to capacity as soldiers from around the Force and other invitees came to catch a glance of the event throughout the week. The match to see on final night was the bout between PTE Darrel McPherson of the Air Corps and PTE Julius Handover of the 31 Special Forces Squadron. Both participants were cheered by members of their respective units and started off with Handover who threw vigorous punches at his opponent who kept up well throughout the match, which eventually saw him bowing from punches as fatigue started to step in. Both men proved that they were very good boxers who had taken the best of the training they received. However in the end, McPherson was adjudged the Middle Weight Winner.

The female bout was clearly the most anticipated as the crowd welcomed the only females who made it through the competition. Ordinary Rating Marijka Azore of the Coast Guard and LCPL Ladonna Naar sent patrons standing and at times jumping on their feet as they took on each other. The referee was forced to stop the bout on a few occasions for them to attend to their head gear. Naar , who was the crowd favourite seemed on the ball and having her opponent under control but Azore held on with no giving up and punched her way in a very strategic manner to eventually cop the winning trophy.

Other winners included OR Michel Worrel (Flyweight (male), Privates Aluko Venture      (Bantamweight (male) and Keon Williams (Featherweight (male)) and Private Neel Anthon of the 31 Special Force Squadron (Lightweight (male).

Deputy Chief of Staff, Colonel Kemraj Persaud in brief remarks applauded the efforts put in by all those involved to make the competition a success. He also pointed to the hard work put in by the boxer, and, to this end he singled out the female bout. Colonel Persaud stated that the two females will be further recognized, by way of an additional incentive for their performance in the competition.

Boxing Coach Terrence Poole says he is pleased with the performance of the boxers, noting that this points to the potential of the boxers. “The training has paid off and this speaks volumes for boxing for the GDF. This type of performance will definitely take us a far way,” he said.