By William Ysaguirre
The days of Fitzroy Guiseppe and Bowser are long gone, but the sport of boxing is experiencing a revival; as the Belize Boxing Federation organized a fight card of eight bouts in its “Road to Glory” competition at Bird’s Isle on Sunday, as it grooms and selects the fighters who will represent Belize in the upcoming Central American and Caribbean Games in 2014.
The first bouts were in the pee-wee class of 60 lbs, and Carlos Silvero of the Cayo Lion’s Den Gym won by judges’ decision over Randolph Gibson of the Smart Gym of Belize City.
Mark Avilez, weighing 68 lbs, fighting out of the Smart Boxing club of Belize City won the second fight by a split decision: 2-1 over Anzel Cu of the Lion’s Den Gym from Cayo.
Kadeem Lewis, 112 lbs, won a split judges’ decision: 2-1 over Akeem Avilez, 110 lbs, in the third bout; both fighters train at the Smart boxing club.
Ishmael Guerra of the Lions’s Den Gym, Cayo won a unanimous judges’ decision 3-0 over Shemar Arzu of the Smart gym in the fourth fight of the evening.
During the intermission before the next four fights, Minister of Sports Hon. Herman Longsworth presented sets of boxing gloves and other gear to Moses Sulph of the Belize Boxing Federation. The equipment did not include protective cups, but the Minister promised to obtain some for the federation soon.
Maximiliano Silvero, 130 lbs, of the Lion’s Den Gym, Cayo, won the fifth fight by technical knockout over Eduardo Garcia of the Lion’s Den Gym from Ladyville, the referee had to stop the fight in the first round.
Andy Dominguez a of the Lion’s Den Cayo also won a TKO over Devon Tucker of the Lion’s Den gym from Ladyville in the sixth fight of the day. It was Tucker’s first fight, and the referee stopped the fight in the second round when he saw Tucker could no longer defend himself.
Raheem Lambey, 136 lbs, of the Smart Gym, Belize City, won a TKO over Carlos Espinoza, 138 lbs of the Lion’s Den, Ladyville in the seventh fight; the referee stopped the fight in the second round.
Warren Davis also won by a split judges’ decision 2-1 over Britten Flowers, both fighters train at the Lion’s Den in Ladyville.
Referees for the fights were Roberto Ordonez and Houston Carr, and Dr. Michael Pitts was on hand to prevent injury.