24th edition of Friday Night Fights…Fraser, Atwell to battle for local featherweight crown as Dharry opts out of fight
While some boxers commence their professional debuts on a high note, others take quite a while to make the transition from the amateur sector and may lose their first few bouts before adjusting to their new environment. Two boxers, Rudolph Fraser and Kelsie George can fit comfortably into such a situation with the former pugilist beginning to turn the
tide in his fledgling career. The latter, despite a glowing amateur career, has undergone fluctuating fortunes, losing both of his bouts against Edmond DeClou and James Walcott respectively.
Now, George will attempt to notch up his first victory after three bouts while Fraser will attempt to continue winning when they face off with Kwesi ‘Lightening Struck Assassin’ Jones and Clive Atwell respectively when the Guyana Boxing Board of Control (GBBC) stages the 24th edition of Friday Night Fights at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH) on Friday June 29 next.
Fraser would feel a mite disappointed that his original opponent, Elton ‘Coolie Bully’ Dharry, has failed to reach a common ground with the organizers and opted out of their super bantamweight title clash. Fraser will now clash with Dominican based, Clive Atwell over 12 rounds for the local super featherweight crown.
Fraser has shown improvement over his last three fights, winning two of them against Barbadian based Guyanese, Gardiel Roberts while he held Lindener, Cassius Matthews to a 6 rounds stalemate.
George is a bit unlucky that most of the boxers in his weight class are all experienced pugilists. Nevertheless, he feels that he could overcome Jones who, despite holding the local light/heavyweight title, may be a bit ring rusty having last fought Cleveland Fraser about one year ago. Several planned bouts, including a title defence against Trinidad based, Shawn Corbin fell through until the organizers suggested the current bout.
Jones is currently training at the Andrew ‘Sixhead’ Lewis Boxing gym (ALBG) and looks to be in the pink of condition. He is scheduled to engage in glove work this afternoon and is bristling with confidence.
George operates out of the Pocket Rocket Boxing Gym (PRBG), New Amsterdam Berbice and despite his unsuccessful attempts in his first two bouts is confident that he could defeat Jones. Rogers, his trainer said that he is concentrating on correcting the flaws that were responsible for his two losses and will surprise Jones in the impending bout.
Meanwhile, local middleweight champion, Edmond DeClou will put his title on the line against Trinidadian based Guyanese pugilist, Joel McRae while debutant, David Thomas will start off the night’s proceedings with a 4 rounds jnr/welterweight scrap against Gladwin Dorway.
DeClou had prevailed over McRae twice in earlier bouts but the latter fighter has since upped his game and obviously would be looking to reverse the decision. This may be more easily said than done since over the months DeClou has managed to build quite a reputation for himself and would be bubbling with confidence. The rangy fighter from Linden has switched camps from the Young Lion’s Gym in Wismar and now operates at the Andrew ‘Sixhead’ Lewis Gym in Albouystown after stating that there was a paucity of credible sparring partners in the Mining City.
McRae, on the other hand, would be out to distort DeClou’s ambitions which should set the stage for a grand showdown. In their last bout the Trinidadian based McRae did turn in a good performance but found the slick DeClou too much for him. He has since promised to revise his strategy in preparation for the third encounter. His chance has finally come and fans will keenly await the fulfillment of his promise.
Four amateur bouts will also comprise the card and those activities will be recorded for airing one week later. Friday Night Fights is an initiative of the Guyana Boxing Board of Control (GBBC) in collaboration with the Guyana Amateur Boxing Association (GABA), the National Communications Network (NCN) and the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports (MCY&S). Admission prices are $1,000 and $500 for adults and children respectively.