Local amateur and professional boxers are gearing up for fistic duties as several engagements loom. The first engagement would see amateur boxers battling for honours when the Harpy Eagle’s Boxing Gym (HEBG) re-opens its doors after a month long closure to facilitate renovation works to the ablution area, the general training area and the boxing ring among others.
Subsequently, eight amateur boxers would compete at the inaugural Pro/Am boxing cards at the Cliff Anderson Boxing Gym on Friday February 26 next. Already the professional boxers appearing on the card have been identified and have opened camp at various gyms countrywide; the executives of the Guyana Amateur Boxing Association (GABA) are still to identify their boxers to compete on the card.
A senior official of GABA told Kaieteur Sport that they would huddle sometime today to select the boxers for the card.
Yesterday afternoon, Kaieteur Sport visited the Andrew ‘Sixhead’ Lewis Boxing Gym (ALBG) and the Forgotten Youth Foundation (FYF), both situated in Albouystown, and had a look at some of the boxers preparing for their respective fights. At the ALBG, Rudolph ‘Determine’ Fraser and Kwesi ‘Lightening Struck Hitman’ Jones engaged in several rounds of combat under the evaluative eyes of coaches Lennox ‘Cappel’ Daniels and Terrence Poole.
After five rounds of fistic fury Poole said that they were both rounding off nicely in their preparations. Indeed, both boxers looked chiseled and rearing to go. Jones tackles Edmond DeClou for the third time in his three fight professional career. Jones had registered a first win but was surprised in the second encounter when DeCleau employed a two fisted attack that had him at sea for most of the bout. He is out to avenge that loss. Fraser will tackle Troy Lewis and is already spouting confidence. This fighter had shown much promise before he had traveled to Canada for a fight some three years ago. He had lost that bout and stayed on in Canada for a few more years. Apparently, his sojourn in that North American country was not as fruitful as he would have liked it to be and he has since returned to Guyana.
This fight would be his first since returning and he would be anxious to prove that he has learnt a few things while in Canada.
DeClou trains out of Linden and we were unable to assess his form. However, judging from his improved performance in his second bout with Jones, one could envisage a solid performance the third time around.
Meanwhile, several amateur boxers were hard at work as they prepare for the tournament to mark the reopening of the HEBG as well as the Pro/Am boxing card. President of the GABA, Steve Ninvalle said that officials of his executive welcome the initiative to integrate the amateurs into the mix. He feels that this ploy would benefit the young fighters in their quest to procure international accolades.
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