By Michael Benjamin
After months of mouthing off and exchanges of vicious threats, Rawle Frank and Andrew ‘Sixhead’ Lewis have finally agreed to face off in a twelve rounds affair for the local middleweight crown. The two fighters have already scrawled their respective signatures on the dotted line to battle on the McNeal Enterprises Boxing card slated for either September 26 or October 3, next.
Head of McNeal Enterprises, Odinga Lumumba, convened a press conference at the Leisure Inn Guest House, Delph Street Campbellville, last evening where he delivered the news. President of the Guyana Boxing Board of Control, Peter Abdool, also present at the Press Conference, gave the fight the ‘thumbs up’ saying that it should be ‘a brilliant display of guts and wits.’
Lewis was not present at the function but Lumumba assured that he had already signed his contract. Frank, who came to Guyana specifically for the signing ceremony, leaves the country sometime today to open camp at the Jackie Gleason’s Boxing Gym, Front Road Brooklyn.
Already he is spouting confidence and has promised to stop the former World Boxing Council welterweight champion. “Fans can expect a great fight at the end of which I will be the new middleweight champion,” Frank boasted. He said that he remembers only too well when he fought Vernon Forest for the World Boxing Association (WBA) welterweight title.
He said that Lewis had ‘dissed’ him when he had pronounced that he (Frank) would lose and he (Lewis) would have challenged Forest for the crown. “Ever since I have been waiting for an opportunity to exact revenge for that statement,” Frank said. He has since promised to give the former world champion the ‘licking’ of his life.
Frank’s son, Joshua was also present at the function. His father said that he had ambitions of becoming a politician. Indeed, the young man fitted the bill as he issued a warning to Lewis, “You’ll need more than six heads to beat my dad because we are going to decimate them one by one,” he warned.
Frank who last fought some two years ago when he stopped local middleweight fighter, Winston Pompey within 4 rounds, said that he has not entered the ring since because most of the American promoters were not interested in his welfare but wanted to use him as a stepping stone for their fighters. “So I simply decided to relax, training intermittently, just in case the right fight came up,” he disclosed.
Quizzed on the type of artillery he was bringing to the fight Frank responded, “I have proven that I can take a good punch. The question is, can ‘Sixhead’ utter a similar boast?”
When one of the reporters present reminded Frank that Lewis was a former world champion that should not be taken lightly, Frank scoffed and replied, “I have been fighting among the top guns at the Gleason’s Gym plus I have also fought for world titles so I consider myself on par or even above Lewis’ standard.
Frank said that he considers the 2 1/2 months allotted for the preparations, ample time for him to whip himself into the required shape. Frank wrapped up his monologue once again promising to knockout Lewis.
Meanwhile, Lumumba has promised an exciting undercard even as he assured fans of a night of fistic fury. “I know that many people would want to write off these fighters as old men,” Lumumba said. “I would prefer to say that they are matured fighters.”
Notwithstanding this, Lumumba painted a gloomy picture for one of the fighters. “I can assure you that with the kind of venom being spewed by both men, one of them would end up in the Le Repentir Cemetery,” he said. As such Lumumba has labeled the card “The End Game.”
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