Wayne Braithwaite to face Sean Corbin as GBBC stages 44 rounds Redemption card
By Michael Benjamin
Former World Boxing Council (WBC) cruiserweight champion, Wayne ‘Big Truck’ Braithwaite will get a chance to redeem himself in the eyes of local supporters when he matches gloves with former Caribbean Boxing Federation (CABOFE) light/heavyweight champion, Sean Corbin when the Guyana Boxing Board of Control (GBBC) stages 44 rounds of fistic fury at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH), September 8 next.
The card will allow several of the pugilists to redeem themselves after faltering in earlier fights and is fittingly dubbed ‘Redemption.’ The boxers will convene at Banks DIH Boardroom for the signing ceremony next Tuesday starting at 14:00hrs.
Local featherweight champion, Clive Atwell, will get an opportunity to correct an earlier drawn decision against Mark Austin when the two square off in an 8 rounds featherweight repeat. Caribbean Boxing Federation (CABOFE) featherweight champion, Simeon Hardy will also comprise a part of the card when he goes after Iwan Azore for the second time in a 10 rounds welterweight scrap.
CABOFE middleweight champion, Edmond DeClou has assented to a return clash with Howard Eastman, only this time, a 10 rounds non-title affair, while Berbician, Richard Williamson, fresh from a debut win against Delon Allicock, will continue his journey to the top when he engages Esan Rose in a 4 rounds bantamweight shindig.
Braithwaite would be anxious to redeem himself after suffering an ignominious first round knockout to Barbadian, Shawn Cox, this after he (Braithwaite) had spewed vitriol in the pre-fight buildup. The former WBC cruiserweight champion had promised to return to the gym and had later issued a call for return against his Bajan opponent, but the latter individual had already committed to a bout against Ali Ismailov of Azerbaijan which he subsequently lost.
Earlier efforts to match Corbin with Braithwaite and then Kwesi Jones failed after the Trinidad based Guyanese pulled out at the last minute citing work commitments. Undoubtedly, a Braithwaite/Corbin matchup is just the tonic local boxing buffs need to rekindle their interest in the sport, while Braithwaite will want to use the bout as a redeeming factor. Corbin has won 14 of his 17 fights but is not as experienced as ‘The Big Truck’ whose local and international exploits are well documented. Any which way spells action for local boxing buffs, starved of good action packed encounters.
Both Atwell and Austin have been smarting after their drawn encounter last year and when efforts to revert the decision failed both pugilists requested a return. During his wait, Atwell had impacted positively with a knockout victory over Rudolph Fraser, which netted him the local featherweight title. He followed that up with a stunning 5th round stoppage of local lightweight champion, Revlon Lake, a victory that has earned him plaudits and propelled him at the top of the list as an exciting fighter.
Austin had had a dream start to his career, defeating all comers, but stumbled when he faced Barbadian, Miguel Antoine. He subsequently suffered a stunning knockout to Lake and then dropped another decision to his old nemesis, Antoine. He will also want to redeem himself on the local scene and a victory against Atwell may just be the answer to his problems.
Hardy and Azore have an old score to settle after Hardy drew first blood in their encounter last year. A pre-fight brawl left Azore with gash over his eyes and he was later defeated by the man of ‘chin checker’ fame. Azore will obviously remember that experience and will want to gloat over a revenged result.
Otherwise, DeClou has already solved the Eastman puzzle and is tipped to repeat his winning feat, while Williamson has predicted an easy win against Rose to the extent that the Berbician is already planning ahead. There will not be the usual 4 amateur bouts and patrons will also be asked to pay a little more at the gate. Those details will follow subsequently.