Kwesi Jones vs. Cleveland Fraser for the light/heavyweight title ….Who will win?
By Michael Benjamin
Tonight, then is the night; Stretched on the massage table he breathes liniment and sweat; And tries to close his ears to the roaring of the crowd, a murky sea of noise that bears upon its tide the frail, sound of the bell and brings the cunning fear that he might not do well ……
All boxers, regardless of courage or experience, will admit that queasy feelings in the stomach referred to ‘butterflies.’ It is a feeling of unease and self doubt; when despite training thoroughly, entertain fleeting thoughts of losing.
Some fighters quell such fears while engaging in fierce verbal exchanges with their opponent, a ploy used to lure him into complacency. Other fighters retain a stony silence while plotting and planning their strategies while making it extremely difficult for their opponents to read into their strategies.
These are the dangerous ones and Wednesday afternoon when the boxers participating in tonight’s showdown in the August edition of the ProAm boxing cards appeared in the studios of the National Communication Networks (NCN), the principals for the main bout, Cleveland Fraser and Kwesi Jones, both retained a stony silence, uncharacteristic of the garrulous dispositions of pugilists primed for fistic battles.
One wonders if their dispositions are generated out of fear or simply resolute commitments to leave the talking for the square jungle. Judging from weeks of committed preparations it appears as though the latter rationale seems more appropriate. Therefore, tonight’s battle should provide the type of action that leaves indelible impressions in the minds and hearts of boxing pundits and al boxing lovers should make an effort to be at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH) tonight to witness the action as it unfolds. Who will win? Kaieteur Sport provides some important stats to enable pundits to make an informed choice.
Tale of the tape
Age: 33 years
*Weight average is established based on recent bouts
Experience: defeated Howard Eastman and Anthony Augustin after accepting late notice.
Also defeated Leon ‘Lion’ Gilkes for local title
Prediction: There is no way I will allow this guy to take this title that I have worked so hard to own.
Age: 33 years
Experience: Most of his bouts has been fought in the international arena so naturally he is the more experienced.
Prediction: I have nothing to other than when the bell rings the fans are going to see a fight they have never seen before.
Both fighters sport massive, well toned physiques and are in the best shape of their lives. This is a massive encounter and when the smoke has cleared there can only be one winner; one champion. Who will it be?
In other professional bouts, local lightweight champion, Revlon Lake, takes on Cecil Smith while Pauline London tackles Veronica Blackman. Ray Sandiford will also attempt to defy the odds when he squares off with Barbadian based Guyanese, Gardiel Roberts.
In the amateur segment, Imran Khan takes on Richard Williamson while Republican warrior, Nankumar Singh battles Marlon Darrel. Eon Bancroft will oppose Kelsie George just after Akeem Daniels opposes Romel Rowley. This is a truly mouthwatering package that should have fans lining up very early to gain entry. The ProAm boxing cards are an initiative of the Guyana Boxing Board of Control in collaboration with the Guyana Amateur Boxing Association (GABA), National Communications Network (NCN) and the Ministry of Culture Youth and Sports. Admission is $1,000 for adults with children being asked to pay half that amount
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