Guyana's Atwell kayoes Isadore
Trinidad & Tobago's Prince Lee Isadore (8-2-1) suffered his second defeat in eleven fights, stopped in the 12th round by unbeaten Guyanese Clive "Wonder Kid" Atwell (8-0-1), when the two met for the World Boxing Council/Caribbean Boxing Federation (CABOFE) junior-welterweight title fight at Cliff Anderson Sports Hall in Guyana on Saturday night.
But Trinidad-based Guyanese Sean Corbin made a successful return to his homeland when scoring a 12-round decision win over former World Boxing Council (WBC) Cruiserweight world champion Wayne 'Big Truck' Braithwaite.
Both T&T-based boxers were battling for the chance to enter the upcoming Cup of Champions boxing championship, which is being hosted as part of the WBC 50th Anniversary. It has been reported that the winner of the Cup of Champions series may earn a chance to fight for a world title.
Guyana's Kaieteur News reports that Isadore suffered a severe beating over 12 rounds and also collapsed and vomited after the fight. Medical official Patricia Chase Green attended to the T&T boxer after the fight. There was some concern that the T&T corner, which included Trinidad & Tobago boxing special adviser Boxu Potts, allowed the fight to go on too long, given the kind of punishment that Isadore, game but outmatched, was receiving.
"He (Isadore) entered the fray in the final round with a battered face that underlined the severe punishment to which he was subjected. Atwell then went for broke, lashing out with several vicious punches. Isadore held on, but Atwell was relentless and pummeled his man with vicious body and head punches, yet Isadore's handlers stubbornly refused to offer their fighter any respite," the Kaieteur News reported.
" It was around that time, with Isadore tottering after several volleys, that referee Eion Jardine, did the right thing and waved the bout off at 30 seconds [into] the 12th round. The wisdom of his decision, though several rounds late, was highlighted when the Trinidadian collapsed and vomited in the red corner, necessitating the intervention of the ringside physician."
Meanwhile, Corbin (15-3) was said to be a deserved winner over world champion Brathwaite (25-5). Corbin was reported to have inflicted a severe beating on Brathwaite, who won the vacant WBC Cruiserweight title in 2002 with a tenth round TKO of Vincenzo Cantatore, and made three successful defences to take his record to 21-0, before things went downhill.
"Indeed 'The Truck' was a shadow of his former self, loading up on many occasions, while Corbin punched and tied his man up to nullify his power punches. Fighting out of a southpaw style, Braithwaite did manage to land a few hard punches, but Corbin was up to the task and controlled the proceedings.
The unanimous verdict rendered by the two of the judges was indicative of Corbin's dominance. Harold Laurens of Curacao saw the bout 118-116, the same as Francis Abraham, in favour of Corbin. Andrew Thorne was a little more generous to Braithwaite and scored the bout at a close 114-113, also in favour of Corbin."