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Hield wins opening match in Kazakhstan

He becomes first Bahamian to win international amateur bout without head gear
  • OPENING VICTORY: Bahamian Carl Hield, shown here displaying his 2010 Commonwealth Games bronze medal, won his opening bout of the 2013 AIBA World Boxing Championships, in Almaty, Kazakhstan. FILE

Guardian Sports Reporter

Published: Oct 17, 2013

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While a number of amateur standouts have turned professional, Carl Hield is still out there doing his thing in the amateur ranks. He is currently competing at the International Boxing Association’s (AIBA) World Boxing Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan.

Hield scored a unanimous victory over Scottish boxer Lewis Benson in his opening match at the championships, which is the first win for him at this level. He is also the first Bahamian to win a bout at an international competition, after the world governing body for the sport decided to discontinue the use of head gears earlier this year. The historic feat has been inked into the record books of the Amateur Boxing Federation of The Bahamas (ABFB), according to president Wellington Miller.

“Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to watch the fight live but all of the reports coming back to me are positive,” said Miller. “Hield was the only one to be invited this time by AIBA, which is another feat for him. Winning a fight at the world level shows that he has the caliber and can fight with any of the other boxers in the world. It is obviously a big fight, since the guy from Scotland was the favorite.

“I think Carl is doing a fantastic job representing The Bahamas as the sole flag bearer at this level,” Miller added. “This is his big break and you can tell that he is focussed and ready to move up the ranks. I think the last time The Bahamas won a fight at this level was some years ago, and that was Valentino, so that is another first for Carl because he is the first Bahamian to win a bout not wearing any protective gear.

“When we first learned about them not wearing any protective gear, we weren’t too worried because we knew our fighters were all prepared. The major difference now is fighters can get a cut, buck their heads and if the bleeding doesn’t stop, then they can call the fight.”

Miller said he wished Hield was in a better draw and didn’t have to fight one of the top boxers in his class so early in the competition. His next opponent is an Olympian who just missed out on winning a medal at the 2012 Olympic Games that were held in London, England.

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