T&T boxer Faith Ramnath succumbed to a first-fight defeat 5-0 against Australian Madeleine Bowen, which sent her packing out of the International Boxing Association (IBA) Women’s World Boxing Championships in Instanbul, Turkey on Tuesday at the Başakşehir Gençlik ve Spor Tesisleri.
Despite the loss, however, coach Reynold Cox was pleased with the performance, saying his fighter was competitive.
Yesterday’s women’s Minimum Weight contest (45-48kg) was Ramnath’s second fight since becoming an elite fighter but it was nothing short of a battle. Both fighters entered the ring with similar size and reach, freely trading punches from the first round.
Late in the round, Ramnath appeared to have landed the bulk of punches as the referee was forced to stop the contest due to Bowen developing a bloody nostril.
However, the Australian got the nod of the five judges.
Cox said he felt strongly his charge had won the round, but was not interested in challenging decisions by officials.
In the second round, an aggressive Bowen got the edge in a brutal slugfest before Ramnath pulled it together in the final round, as she sought to dance away while Bowen looked for the punch to put her to the canvas.
In the end, all the judges ruled in Bowen’s favour, as Steven Masiyambumbi called it 30-27, Cobzac Manuela Ramona and Lazizi Athmen scored it 29-28 and the pair of Tsogtgerel Tserenkhend and Yasar Cinar called it 30-27.
Cox said, “Yes, it was a competitive match, but experience would have helped her along. We have not worked much with her but from the work that we’ve put in, we are happy.”
On Monday, Cox told Guardian Media Sports that he was not too concerned with medalling at the tournament, but was rather more concerned about his charges being competitive.
“I am happy with what I saw, because our focus is the Commonwealth Games in July/August in Birmingham, England and the Olympic Games in France in 2024.”
Today, another T&T boxer, Tianna Guy, will take centre stage as she comes up against Sitora Turdibekova of Uzbekistan in a women’s featherweight division fight.
Cox said he feels confident that Guy can pull it off if she stays firm to what she learnt, because of her opponent’s style of fighting.
He described Sitora as an experienced fighter, having gone to the World Youth Games and other international tournaments.
“However, her style could well be exploited by Guy tomorrow (today),” Cox said.