Ramstein boxers strike gold at Summer Knockout

Tech. Sgt. Ladell Heath
Contributing writer

***image1***Ramstein took the overall team trophy at the 6th Area Support Group’s Summer Knockout boxing tournament held Aug. 28 at the Patch Fitness Center Gymnasium at Stuttgart.

The tournament showcased 11 bouts, and the Ramstein team won three of their five bouts.

Ramstein’s Dell Mosley opened the evening’s events in a bout against Ansbach’s Ernesto Lopez in the welterweight category. Slick footwork and accurate combinations kept the hard-hitting Lopez at bay throughout the fight. A two-point deduction cost Mosley the fight on a decision to Lopez.

Bout two pitted the seasoned veteran, Ramstein’s Beachel Curtis against the power-punching upstart, Stuttgart’s Christian McCoy in the middleweight category. Despite his experience, Curtis was unable to avoid the power of McCoy in the third round.

Bout three was the first of three women’s bouts for the evening. Ramstein’s Chandra LeCompte opened the fight against Freidberg’s Ashley Noiske with a flurry of jabs and overhand rights in the women’s novice middleweight category. Looking like an easy win, LeCompte start the second round the same way, but to her surprised Noiske revealed excellent jabs that were missing in action in the first round.

Regardless, LeCompte was too much for Noiske forcing the referee to stop the contest, and LeCompte was declared the winner.

Bout five was the bout of the evening. Ramstein’s Michael O’Neill went up against the local favorite, Stuttgart’s Wesley Williams in the open light-heavyweight category.

O’Neill displayed all the hard work and training he put in for this tournament. Williams immediately went into a series of vicious body punches and “haymakers” (heavy punches) to the head.
After assessing his opponent’s tactics, O’Neill adjusted his, putting on a “boxing clinic” for the audience. Williams was finding O’Neill harder and harder to hit as the fight went on.

After wearing Williams down using jabs, combinations, counter-punches and quick footwork, O’Neill close the bout in the third round with a series of unanswered combinations defeating the more experienced Williams.

The 10th bout matched Ladell Heath against Ansbach’s Ruben Almonte in the open light-heavyweight category. Almonte was looking to counter punch against the longer reach of Heath surprising him early in the round.

Both fighters immediately went into a chess match, switching stances trying to throw the other off guard. In the second round, Heath settled down and took advantage of his reach sticking and moving to even out the match.

Almonte didn’t answer the bell for the third round due to a knee injury.

The KMC can watch the Ramstein team as well as boxing teams from Kaiserslautern and throughout Europe in the Main Event to be held in December at Kleber Kaserne Gym.