(FEB 10) The
Trinidad & Tobago Amateur Boxing Association (TTABA) recently
hosted their National Championships from January 30 to February
3rd. There were only three women’s bout but in an
effort to give the local girls more experience, the TTABA
invited neighboring islands to compete on the last day of the
championships as an added attraction on the card.
The Barbados team: Jenny
Bendict, Iprecious Lyscott
and Kimberly Gittens.
Barbados and Guyana brought in teams
of three and two female boxers respectively. The T&T team won
the regional clash 3-2. The Caribbean girls showed some class,
grit and determination especially in the junior Flyweight bout
between tiny mites Yousanna Mohammed (T&T) and Iprecious Lyscott.
The scores of 8-7 reflected the see-saw battle between the two
girls as they each fought for victory. A last second flurry of
punches by Mohammed secured her victory while the Bajan Lyscott
won the crowd’s respect.
Three of the T&T team: Stephanie
Allen, Kimberly Jackson
and Yousanna Mohammed
Stephanie Allen had an easier time
defeating her Guyanese counterpart as she ran away with a 21-5
win. In her local bout though, the 11-5 score against Keitha
Charles belied the fact that Allen had some trouble adjusting to
the long arms of an aggressive Charles. In the end Allen used
her vast experience to work her way around the ring and slip
away from the constantly oncoming Charles.
Barbadian Jenny Benedict looked like
a model out of the ring but when she matched gloves against
Trinidadian Ingle Charles, she was very much the skillful boxer.
Maintaining a tight defense and some snappy counters, Benedict
walked away with a 9-5 victory.
In the battle of the Kimberly’s
(Kimberly Gittens - Barbados and Kimberly Jackson – Trinidad)
the first two rounds were scoreless as both girls threw punches
that fell short of their target. The third round saw one point
being registered and the final round had a marginal victory for
Gittens who was surprised that she got a 3-2 victory. The
announcer had to call the result three times before Gittens
finally allowed her hand to be raised. Many, including the
Gittens camp, seemed to think that Jackson did more than enough
to win the bout. (A rematch between T&T and Barbados is being
In the final bout, T&T’s Chimere
Taylor was all confidence and class as she glided around the
ring defeating a stocky Therese London (Guyana) 16-3.
The girls were all getting prepared
for the 2013 Elite Female Continental Championships which will
be hosted by Trinidad and Tobago in May.
Stephanie Allen defeated Keitha Charles 11-5
Candice Pyke defeated Ingle Charles 11-4
Lexcine Duke defeated Shenica Abraham - RSC
Chimere Taylor (T&T)
defeated Theresa London (Guyana) 16-3
Yousanna Mohammed (T&T) def. Iprecious Lyscott ( Barbados) 8-7
Stephanie Allen (T&T) defeated Akeisha Arokium (Guyana) 21-5
Jenny Benedict (Barbados) defeated Ingle Charles (T&T) – 9-5
Kimberly Gittens (Barbados) defeated Kimberly Jackson (T&T) 3-2