DDL, GABA inaugural Andrew Lewis U-16 boxing tournament starts tonight
The Guyana Amateur Boxing Association (GABA) and Demerara Distillers Ltd (DDL) joint effort in the staging of several boxing cards will commence tonight with the inaugural Andrew ‘Sixhead’ Lewis/DDL U-16 boxing tournament on the tarmac situated on the northern end of the Andrew ‘Sixhead’ Lewis Boxing Gym, Independence Boulevard.
The action commences at 17:00hrs on both nights and will conclude under floodlights. A number of the country’s leading amateur fighters will be on show over the two nights.
At the launch of the event, GABA explained that they decided to place more emphasis on the development of the nursery of the sport in order to give local pugilists a realistic opportunity of procuring the coveted gold medal in future international tournaments.
Sales Manager of the DDL, Alexis Langhorne, at the launching, explained that the relationship between her company and the GABA, which dated back to April 24 when her executives agreed to the deal. She said that the programme is geared towards the well being of young amateur boxers and to provide them with an opportunity of participating in organized activity. “On behalf of the DDL and its Pepsi brand I would like to wish the boxers well even as I encourage the public to come out in its numbers to support the youngsters,” she had said.
GABA President Steve Ninvalle had stated that his executives are mulling the idea of initiating tournaments in honour of past stalwarts. He reminded that the GABA has already dedicated a tournament in honour of Michael Parris, Guyana’s lone Olympics medalist and was intent on fulfilling this mandate for other notable pugilists.