22nd edition fight night boxing…Venezuelan Ana Maria Lozano confident of victory against Mandessa Moses
A scorching match is envisaged when top local female pugilist, Mandessa Moses squares off with Venezuelan Ana Maria Lozano in a six-round featherweight affair when action in the 22nd edition of the Guyana Fight Night Pro Am initiative gets underway at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH) starting at 2000hrs tonight.
Lozano arrived in Guyana on Wednesday evening last accompanied by her coach, Memin Ramos and both are exuding confidence ahead of tonight’s encounter. This fight is Lozano’s debut but she has had quite a prolific amateur career having donned gloves in several countries including Cuba, Columbia, Dominica Republic and her home country among others.
Shortly after deplaning Lozano made clear her intentions, “Estoy aquí para ganar,” (I come here to win) she said in confidence. Stretching some 5 feet 8 inches, Lozano said that she knows little of Moses but quickly assured that she will adjust to suit the situation from the first gong. Memin Ramos will best be remembered for his input into Teran Breilor, the small framed Venezuelan that had warred against Leon ‘Hurry Up’ Moore and lost a controversial points decision. “Fans could expect similar action and determination,” said Ramos.
The fighters appearing on tonight’s card were at the pre-fight press conference in the studio of National Communications Network and from all indications are prepared to turn in the performances of their lives.
While Lozano is spouting confidence, Moses has demonstrated a similar disposition and warned the Venezuelan that she is in the best shape of her life. The rangy pugilist, best remembered for her devastating knockout win over Alisha Marques, has been experiencing difficulties procuring credible opponents since her reputation has preceded her. Tonight’s match replaced several others after two of Moses’ opponents, Trinidadian Rivas and Venezuelan Anys Cedillo opted out for varying reasons. To her credit Moses had remained in the gym and was only required to make minor adjustments in her preparations to facilitate her new opponent. Tonight’s fight will determine whether she has what it takes to be among the top world contenders.
Elton ‘Coolie Bully’ Dharry will also be in action and fans could expect the usual crowd pleasing affair when he opposes Charlton Skeete in a bantamweight 4 rounder. Skeete trains at the Harpy Eagles Boxing Gym and though he is a relatively young professional, has demonstrated determination and pluck in earlier encounters. He has sent out a warning to Dharry that he has trained diligently for this bout and will be coming out swinging leathers. The ‘Coolie Bully’ however, is no slouch and has indicated that he will be using this bout as preparation for his involvement in the World Boxing Council (WBC) 50th Anniversary tournament scheduled to get underway within months. Should Skeete keep his promise and comes out swinging leathers then Dharry will have to ‘put em up’ or end up on the losing end.
In the night’s opener, Anson Green, a young debutant will match gloves with another debutant, David Thomas in a 4 rounds welterweight scrap. Green seems to be the favourite after enduring several afternoons of stiff sparring sessions with CABOFE middleweight champion Edmond Declou. His opponent, David Thomas, also trained at the ALBG and has also turned in several hectic sessions. Fans could expect the usual action packed, punch slinging affairs of debutants. One thing is certain; Thomas will have to dig very deep to pull off this one. An interesting bout looms.
Fans will also be entertained with another interesting bout when Iwan Azore squares off with Jermaine King in a 4 rounds jnr/welterweight shindig that should be just as entertaining. There will also be the usual compliment of 4 amateur bouts to whet the appetites of patrons. Further, CABOFE flyweight champion Dexter ‘The Kid’ Marques will oppose Barbadian Ricardo ‘The Brown Bomber’ Blackman in an eight- round bantamweight contest. A skillful boxer, Marques will be using this fight as a warm up for the WBC Anniversary Cup tournament.
The ProAm cards commenced some two years ago and so far several pugilists in Guyana and around the Caribbean have benefitted immensely, winning local and Caribbean Boxing Federation (CABOFE) titles. Several of these boxers are currently in stiff training in anticipation of the WBC 50th anniversary championship that will see fighters from the various confederations battling for prestigious titles and lucrative purses. The fights will not be aired live but will be shown at a later date.
Activities are organized by the Guyana Boxing Board of Control in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture Youth and Sports, the Guyana Amateur Boxing Association (GABA) and the National Communication Network (NCN). Sponsors of the event include Digicel, Giftland Office Max, Courts, Banks DIH Limited and ANSA McAl. Admission price remains at $1000 with children being asked to pay half that amount. Bell time tonight is 2000hrs.