21st ProAm Boxing Card…Pauline London promises fireworks, Hardy threatens to put Austin to sleep
After several disappointments where her opponents opted out of previous contracts to engage her, Mandessa Moses will finally grace the ring against Pauline London and the latter fighter has promised to unleash fireworks on her way to victory.
Simeon Hardy was also in a talkative mood and promised to read Mark Austin a late night bedtime story before he tucks him in. The fighters appeared at the pre-fight press conference yesterday afternoon in the National Communications Network (NCN) and while London is spouting confidence, Moses is spewing vitriol with both promising to cart off the spoils.
A slim rangy fighter whose weight hovers just around welterweight, Moses will be giving away many pounds to London, a natural light/heavyweight pugilist. Despite this, the former fighter is confident that she will cart off the spoils when the smoke is cleared tonight. She divulged this much yesterday afternoon at the pre-fight press conference.
In a cool calculating manner Moses intimated that she will teach London a lesson in the finer aspects of the sport. She shrugged aside suggestions of ring rust saying that her absence from the square jungle did not mean an absence from pugilistic activities. Moses said that even as she endured a plethora of disappointments she had resolutely stayed in the gym. “Boxing is risky business but I am ready for whatever London brings to the ring,” assured Moses.
Indeed, London has promised to bring a lot. “Mandessa’s words get me vex and I promise her that when the bell ring is fireworks,” proclaimed London in her usual vernacular. Moses was quick to retort, “We sparred before and I really cannot remember what fireworks Pauline is talking about.”
“That was because I purposely held back the bombs to encourage you to accept this fight so now you will get the real McCoy,” London fired back. The two continued for a while with each promising to inflict all manner of punishment to the other. London is a hard worker and has been in the gym even though she was not contracted for the upcoming card.
Her adjustment should be automatic and Moses should be warned not to be complacent. London has been a regular feature on the Pro/Am cards and has always provided entertainment even when she lost. She should provide the kind of test to cause trouble for Moses especially if the latter fighter enters the fray with overconfidence.
Hardy was also at his talking best and unlike Austin who refused to let the proverbial cat out of the bag when quizzed of his strategy he elaborated on his plans. “Like those before him Austin he will have to pass the ‘chin check’ test,” warned Hardy. Not to be outdone Austin fired back, “It’s when the chin checker gets his chin checked then we will know what he is made of,” he warned. The two will match gloves over 6 rounds in a welterweight affair.
Barbadian based Guyanese Gardiel Roberts was also in the house. He matches gloves with Rudolph Fraser in a featherweight shindig and he is confident of reversing an earlier loss. “I have the key to unlock Robert’s weakness,” professed Fraser, “So you think,” responded Roberts “I am nobody’s mat to be walked over.” He said that he has made several changes to his strategy during training and is good and ready to take on his nemesis.
Otherwise, Edmond Declou, normally a reticent fellow, told Kelsie George to his face that they are not in the same category. He said that George has barely entered the professional arena yet had the gall to entertain thoughts of defeating him (Declou) who had made immense sacrifices to attain his current ranking. “I will not allow that to happen,” Declou affirmed matter of factly.
George was unable to travel to the forum from his Berbice location where he is honing his skills at the Pocket Rocket Boxing Gym (PRBG) but in an earlier conversation had said that he will surprise Declou even though the latter pugilist is the more experienced.
Four amateur bouts will add flavor to the card including the jnr/flyweight contest between Ansilla Norville (HE) and Keisha Arokium (RHJ). Middleweights, Romeo Norville (HE) and Ron Smith (FYF) will clash over three rounds, while Richard Williamson (PRBG) will square off with Delon Charles.
His brother, Joel will box against Shawn Michael in a flyweight encounter. It was also revealed that the amateur fraternity will benefit from the expert tutelage of a competent Cuban Coach who has been contracted by the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports. President of the Guyana Boxing Board of Control (GBBC), Peter Abdool is adamant that such input would serve as a benefit to the young amateur boxers.
The GBBC boss further revealed that the fights would not be shown live but promised a later showing. The ProAm affair is the initiative of the GBBC in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture Youth and Sports and the National Communications Network. Admission fee is $1000 and $500 for adults and children respectively. Fight time is 20:00hrs.