PRESS RELEASE – Team Captain Elite 69 kg Welterweight Boxer Lyndell “the Russian “ Marcellin and 81kg Lightheavyweight Boxer Marvin Anthony were in winners row last evening for ST.Lucia on the opening night of the “back to the future” Caribbean Boxing Tournament being held in Guyana.
In all, five ST. Lucian Boxers were in action last night. Marcellin led the ST.Lucians from the front with a split decision victory over his opponent Jamal Edmund of Barbados.
Marvin Anthony also had a split decision victory over Yakita Aska of Antigua and Barbuda. Both Marcellin and Anthony will be involved in semi final action Saturday evening with a view to moving on to the finals of the bouts on Sunday evening at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall .
Among the ST.Lucians who were in the ring last night and did not taste victory were Arthur Langelier, Nathan Ferrari and debutant Tahj Browne.
The fight of the night featured Middleweights Arthur Langelier of ST.Lucia and his nemesis Denis Thomas of Guyana with Thomas winning on a unanimous points decision. In a fight which had the attributes of a top quality amateur boxing bout with punching, counter punching, knockdowns, standing eights and more which brought the house down and the crowd on hand to it’s feet. Langelier had a standing eight against him but countered by flooring Thomas and having him receive a standing eight as well and was not able to finish him off and take victory.
After the encounter several patrons, other team officials, former Boxers and others came to the ST.Lucian camp congratulating Langelier on his performance in the match and saying in their opinion they thought Langelier had won the contest and awarding the fight to Thomas could have been considered a home town decision.
Nathan Ferrari lost out to Dewani Lampkin of Guyana in a bout where he acquitted himself very well but Lampkin’s experience was too much for him while Tajh Browne suffered a TKO in round two vs Shawn Fraser of Barbados despite him showing good technique and skill in the bout.
The other ST.Lucian Boxer at the championships Kareem Boyce will compete in the 60 kg Lightweight Junior Division tonight against Justin Parris of Trinidad and Tobago.