LOWELL -- It's hard for any boxer whose punches pack a wallop to resist the urge to brawl.

Kevin Gyameshie is an amateur heavyweight who possesses hands of stone. Although he is athletic enough to go out and stick, move and trade flurries in textbook style, Gyameshie is at his best going on the attack, zeroing in on his target and landing blows that resonate throughout the Lowell Memorial Auditorium like summer thunder.

Gyameshie, a resident of Hyde Park who grew up in Hamburg, Germany, put on quite a power display Tuesday night, stopping Doug Dimmick of Burlington, Vt.

Kevin Gyameshie of Hyde Park, left, uncorks a hook during his 201-pound bout against Doug Dimmick of Burlington, Vt. Gyameshie won the Golden Gloves fight
Kevin Gyameshie of Hyde Park, left, uncorks a hook during his 201-pound bout against Doug Dimmick of Burlington, Vt. Gyameshie won the Golden Gloves fight with a knockout. He moved to the United States from Germany a year ago. SUN/JULIA MALAKIE

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, at 1:55 of the first round of their New England Golden Gloves Novice Tournament heavyweight semifinal bout.

From the opening bell, Gyameshie came out firing, scoring with stinging punches to the body and head. After Dimmick received an early 8-count, Gyameshie went for the kill, landing a vicious hook to the head that sent Dimmick down to the canvas. Dimmick showed a great deal of courage just getting back on his wobbly feet, but the referee wisely called for a ceasefire.

"That's his style, go and get it done and make it an early night for everyone," said Gyameshie's trainer, Marty Farrell. "Once he had him hurt, he knew to finish him. That was the game plan and he did it well. I'm very proud of him."

The victory improved Gyameshie's record to 3-0. Gyameshie, who moved to the United States a year ago, played some basketball in his native Germany.

"I believe it was a right hook to his head that ended it," said Gyameshie, who earned his berth in the New England Novice Tournament by winning the Southern New England crown. "I knew I caught him good. He was a tough guy. He took some good shots. I could see he was hurting and I wanted to finish it. I just went after him.

Gerardo Claudio of Lawrence, right, won by unanimous decision over Luis Smith of New Bedford in a  132-pound semifinal.	SUN/JULIA MALAKIESun staff photos
Gerardo Claudio of Lawrence, right, won by unanimous decision over Luis Smith of New Bedford in a 132-pound semifinal. SUN/JULIA MALAKIE

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"It feels good to win. It means I'm moving forward as a boxer. It was worth coming here to fight."

Dimmick never rebounded from the early onslaught that Gyameshie unleashed on him. He tried to mount an attack of his own after getting the 8-count, but he left himself open for more punishment.

"He needs to learn to be patient," said Dimmick's trainer, Robert Baker. "Once he gets hit hard, he gets angry and he goes right in there and tries to brawl. After the 8-count, he went right into the action instead of settling himself down and trying to regroup.

"This is a learning process. He's a first-year fighter and this was only his third fight. He just had a first-round knockout in the (Northern New England) finals to get here, and now he gets stopped in the first round.

Just goes to show how you live and die on the sword in this sport."

Gyameshie's final assault momentarily separated Dimmick from his senses. But he was coherent and alert in his locker room after the fight.

"I don't remember much after the 8-count," said Dimmick, who has a 2-1 amateur record. "I only know what I've been told, and it didn't sound good.

"What I can tell you is defense is everything. My corner was screaming for it. I didn't hear them. I wish I did. But I got caught up in the fight and let my defense down. I wanted to trade punches with him. So did he, and he got the better of me."

Next up for Gyameshie is the New England Novice title bout against Cornel Booth of Worcester, who won by his semifinal by default, next Tuesday at the Auditorium at 7:30 p.m.

"I'm glad I decided to give boxing a try," said Gyameshie. "I'm always nervous preparing for a fight, but the closer I get to entering the ring the less nervous I am.

"I knew a lot of people were watching so I had to win. I like the feeling of winning. When I win it puts a smile on my face. My coaches know I'm going to be smiling a lot after this fight."

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N.E. GOLDEN GLOVES NOVICE TOURNAMENT

at Lowell Memorial Auditorium

Semifinals

123 Pounds

Danny Pang (Portland, ME) dec. Joel Maldonado (Worcester)

132 Pounds

Gerardo Claudio (Lawrence) dec. Luis Smith (New Bedford)

Jeffrey Torrez (New Haven, CT) dec. Chi Wong (Portland, ME)

141 Pounds

Adrian Sosa (Lawrence) RSC Jeffrey Prevost (Peru, ME), 1:40 2nd

Efren Nieves (New Haven, CT) dec. Rakim Scott (Quincy)

152 Pounds

Joseph Reed (Providence, R.I.) dec. Nicholas Spencer (Portland, ME)

Jeff Muriel (New Haven, CT) dec. Ryan Clark (Barrington, N.H.)

165 Pounds

Trevor Lattimore (Bridgeport, CT) dec. Christian Martinez (Providence, R.I.)

Evan Payne (Somerville) dec. Christopher Boyle (Hopkinton, N.H.)

178 Pounds

Miguel Teo (Marlboro) dec. Kendrick Ball (Worcester)

Dave Huckabay (Ferrisburg, VT) dec. Henry Ventura (North Dartmouth)

Heavyweight

Cornel Booth (Worcester) by default over Randy Philbrick (Manchester, N.H.)

Kevin Gyameshie (Hyde Park) KO'd Doug Dimmick (Burlington, VT), 1:55 1st

Super Heavyweight

Richard Locke (Berwick, ME) dec. Peter Campbell (Quincy)

Christopher Jenkins (New Haven, CT) dec. Dylan Mess (Cambridge)