Friday night boxing at BTL Park
In its drive to create healthy entertainment for young people in the City, the Belize City Council, in conjunction with the Belize Boxing Federation (BBF) and the Lions Den boxing gyms in Ladyville and Cayo, provided a free card of 8 amateur bouts on Friday night, June 27, at BTL Park on Newtown Barracks.
In the opening bout, 8-year-old Jaheem Velasquez defeated 10-year-old Marvin Choto in a bout that had 3 rounds of 1.5 minutes each.
Next it was Diego Garcia, 74 lbs, losing to Jose Acosta, 78 lbs, in 3 rounds of 2 minutes each. Both were 11-year-olds.
The third bout matched 14-year-olds Lindsay Young and Patrick Canelo in 3 rounds of 2 minutes each. Lindsay Young won the decision.
In the fourth bout, 13-year-old Carlos Silvero defeated 12-year-old Anzel Cu in 3 rounds of 3 minutes each.
The fifth bout saw 15-year-old Lashawn Wade, 142 lbs, winning a TKO victory over 16-year-old Moses Choto, 141 lbs, in a bout scheduled for 3 x 3 minute rounds.
The sixth fight was the only female match-up, and it saw a return clash between Ladyville Lions Den’s Sassani Tucker, 17 years, and Kiara Gonzalez of Cayo Lions Den, also 17 years old, in 3 x 3 minute rounds; and it was another victory for Kiara, this time a split decision over Sassani.
In the seventh bout, 14-year-old Ian Young defeated 15-year-old Karwin Gillett in a split decision.
The eighth and final bout of the evening featured the rising star out of Cayo Lions Den gym, 17-year-old Andy Dominguez who demonstrated his impressive boxing skills in defeating Eduardo Garcia of Lions Den Ladyville by unanimous decision in 3 x 3 minute rounds.
The Cayo Lions Den gym is managed by Frank Martinez, while the Ladyville Lions Den gym is managed by Clinton Tucker. Judges on Friday night were Sulefuddin Mustafa, Raymond Flowers and Moses Sulph (BBF President). Time keeper/bell person was Orvil Velasquez, and referee was Houston Carr. MC duties for the night were shared between Kenny Morgan and Joe Bradley, and Mayor Darrell Bradley was on hand to issue the prizes to the winners.
In his report on the night’s action, BBF President Moses Sulph revealed that, “Andy Dominguez (of Cayo Lions Den) was awarded Best Fighter of the Night; Carlos Silvero (of Cayo Lions Den) was awarded Best Junior Fighter of the Night; Sassani Tucker (of Ladyville Lions Den) was Best Younger Female Fighter of the Night; and Kiara Gonzalez (of Cayo Lions Den) was Best Female Fighter of the Night.”