Competitive bout anticipated between Eastman and Hardy
Boxing buffs that had envisaged a competitive battle between local light/heavyweight champion, Kwesi ‘Lightening Struck Assassin’ Jones and his Trinidad based Guyanese counterpart, Shawn Corbin would have obviously felt disappointed that the bout has been cancelled but will be equally heartened that former European middleweight champion and world rater, Howard ‘Battersea Bomber’ Eastman has agreed to fill the slot in a non title bout with Simeon ‘Candyman’ Hardy scheduled for Friday June 1 at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH).
The two fighters sealed the deal Monday afternoon when they visited the Avenue of the Republic offices of Abdool and Abdools and culminated the deal with the official signing of contracts.
Hardy has recently humiliated Iwan ‘Pure Gold’ Azore to take the Caribbean Boxing Federation (CABOFE) welterweight crown and align himself for honours in the impending World Boxing Council (WBC). He regards this bout as practice for more demanding duty and did not shy away from conveying this to Eastman shortly after affixing his signature on the contract.
“This is going to be a battle between youth and experience,” proclaimed Hardy. He admitted that he nurtures respect for Eastman ever since he surrendered a close decision to William Joppy. However, Hardy is adamant that such respect would not step in the way of his ambitions. He scoffed at the suggestion that he would have bitten off more than he could chew especially since fought this to notably, Hardy has had his major successes as a welterweight, one division the light/middleweight while Eastman would have enjoyed successful tenures as a light/middleweight and a middleweight pugilist. Hardy said that he does not regard this as a disadvantage since he had fought heavier boxers before and came out successful.
Eastman, for his part, is quite confident even as he acknowledges Hardy’s competence. “I know that Hardy is a warrior and I also know that he is unbeaten but I am no one’s punching bag so he will have to war if he is to beat me,” the ‘Battersea Bomber’ emphatically proclaimed.
Both fighters will be heightening training activities over the coming weeks; Eastman returns to Berbice at the Pocket Rocket Boxing Gym, while Hardy will be at the Forgotten Youth Foundation Boxing Gym in Albouystown.
Several other boxers will comprise the card including Iwan ‘Pure Gold’ Azore against Barbadian, Miguel Antoine in a 6 rounds welterweight scrap while lightweight, Rudolph Fraser tackles Cassius Mathews also over 6 rounds. Kelsie George will also be up against James Walcott in a middleweight clash over 4 rounds in the night’s opening bout.
There will also be the usual accompaniment of 4 amateur bouts but the organizers of the Guyana Amateur Boxing Association (GABA) are still to release those names.
Admission remains at $1,000 for adults while children pay half that amount. The fights would be taped for broadcast at a later date. Fight Night Guyana is staged under the auspices of the Guyana Boxing Board of Control (GBBC), in collaboration with the Guyana Amateur Boxing