“We had a great night and everyone is happy” gushed Wray and Nephew Welterweight Contender 2016 promoter Mark Kenny, to The Sunday Gleaner last Wednesday night, after American boxer DeMarcus Corley gave an excellent performance, that not only pleased the large crowd that turned up at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium, but also gave him a unanimous decision over, Guyanese boxer Iwan Azore. This was the second night of competition in the series which will run until July. The first week’s edition was one of the worst in many years, as the main bout between Jamaican Richard “Frog” Holmes and Xzaviar Ford from New Orleans, USA, ended in 55 seconds. Ford, a plucky 19 -year- old boxer, suffered a torn tendon in his right shoulder only 55 seconds after the fight started, and was declared the loser by technical knockout. Everyone, including the two boxers, left the auditorium disappointed. Last Wednesday saw the opposite. The fight, which was scheduled for five rounds, went the distance, and Corley was declared the winner by unanimous decision. All three judges, Joseph Cooper, Eion Jardine and Laurence Neufville scored the fight 50-44 in his favour. It was a classic matching of boxing skills, between two very experienced men, and there was just enough of all facets of the “Sweet Science” to please the fans. Corley showed the boxing and defensive skills that he has garnered over 70 fights. He had a 43- 26 -1 record going into the fight and it showed. Boxing from a southpaw stance, he outjabbed Azore, the Guyanese welterweight champion, who had a 16-5-3 record, and when the game Guyanese fighter tried to score points with attacks to the body and head, Corley deftly manoeuvred himself out of trouble. The pattern was set from the first round with Corley repeatedly scoring points with his jabs. He also showed great defensive skills, as he repeatedly slipped counter punches from Azore, with deft movements of head and feet. In the second round, combination hooks to the body and head were the punches of choice for Corley, while Azore kept himself in the hunt with his jabs. In the two amateur bouts on the card, middleweight Carlton Reid from the St. Thomas Boxing Club scored a unanimous decision over Oshane Williams from Sugar Olympic gym, while light welterweight Collel Hogg from the Stanley Couch gym, scored a first round technical knockout victory over Nashan Rose from Sugar Olympic gym.
Harry Kane, wearing a protective mask, celebrates with Nacer Chadli This was a huge day for Tottenham in terms of their assault on the Premier League title and a bad one for Swansea in their bid to avoid relegation.Spurs’ 2-1 win came as Arsenal lost to Man United, meaning Mauricio Pochettino’s side pulled three points clear of their north London rivals and remain two behind leaders Leicester.Swansea, however, sit three points clear of the drop zone.But Tottenham were made to work for their victory as they found Lukasz Fabianski – a former Gunner – in excellent form and had to wait 70 minutes to finally beat the Swansea goalkeeper.Before Nacer Chadli and Danny Rose’s strikes, the Pole kept everything out as Tottenham looked for a way back into the game after Alberto Paloschi’s first goal in English football.A lively start at White Hart Lane saw Gylfi Sigurdsson and Erik Lamela go close and it seemed the game’s opener was not far away.Tottenham failed to defend Swansea’s short corner and when Angel Rangel’s shot from the edge of the area was deflected into Spurs’ penalty area, Paloschi pounced with 19 minutes on the clock.Spurs instantly ramped up the pressure, with Fabianski getting down to keep Christian Eriksen’s free-kick out and he had to be alert again to deny Heung-min Son when the forward found himself bearing down on the Swansea goal.Dele Alli’s appeals for a penalty were waved away, while Toby Alderweireld was on hand to block another Paloschi effort inside the 18-yard box and right at the end of the half Fabianski saved superbly to keep out Eric Dier’s goal-bound shot.Tottenham began the second 45 minutes as they ended the first and Eriksen tried his luck again only for Fabianski to stop him once more and he then prevented Harry Kane’s 30-yard drive from finding its target.With nothing working, Pochettino took off Lamela and sent Nacer Chadli on his place on the hour mark and it paid off shortly afterwards when the Belgian turned in Kyle Walker’s skewed shot.Sensing a winner was close, Tottenham continued to attack the Swansea area and were rewarded when Rose’s low drive from 18 yards flew into the net following a corner.However, the home fans’ nerves were on edge as Swansea searched for that valuable point.Paloschi forced a fine save from Lloris and then almost immediately, Walker thought he added a third after a swift counter, but it was judged to have been offside.Still Swansea came forward and Sigurdsson’s free-kick caused problems, but Spurs were able to deal with the resulting corner and saw out the five minutes of added time without anymore scares. 1
TORONTO – No winning ticket was sold for the $7 million jackpot in Saturday night’s Lotto 649 draw.However, the guaranteed $1 million prize was claimed by a ticket holder in Quebec.The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on July 11 will be approximately $9 million.