By Michael Benjamin
Approximately one week from today, World International Boxing Association (WIBA) bantamweight champion, Shondell Alfred will square off with Corrine ‘Sexy Panther’ Van Ryck DeGroot for the former fighter’s title and ascertain once and for all who is better. ‘Deadly’ Denny Dalton would also enter the ring in search of a victory but most importantly to strap the Intercontinental Middleweight belt around his waist. The two battle over 10 rounds.
Head of BrisO Promotions, Seon Bristol, the man behind the arrangements flew into the country from his New York base and hosted a Press conference at the Princess International Hotel, Providence EBD, and briefed the media of developments in the planning of the bout. He assured the media that both of the international fighters are engaged in intense training activities in preparation of tough battles.
Bristol, a former amateur pugilist of the Cliff Anderson Boxing Gym (CABG) promised a night of fistic fury. He said that ‘Machito’ Camacho is applying himself diligently to his training sessions and is promising to end the fight early. DeGroot needs no introduction to Guyanese boxing buffs following an action packed encounter with the ‘Mystery Lady’ last year. Both boxers are expected in Guyana early Wednesday morning and would be engaged in light sessions at gyms to be announced shortly. Bristol also intimated that former world champion Hector ‘Macho’ Camacho might travel with his son for the fights. Those arrangements are not yet finalized.
Meanwhile, General Manager of the Princess Hotel International, Muharrem Kulekci reiterated his pledge to ensure that arrangements are clockwork. He also pledged his support for future initiatives.
The bouts would be staged around the area of the pool and Mr. Bristol took the media on a conducted tour of the area. The space allotted for the bout is capable of seating approximately 3000 persons and Mr. Bristol assured that despite the difference in prices (for various sections) all of the patrons would be able to enjoy a good view of the fights. He further pointed out that internet viewers will receive an opportunity to see the bout blow by blow. He intimated that a large audience from the Latin American community as well as Americans will be able to view the action as it unfolds.
The young promoter is grateful for the support received from the local business Diaspora and other corporate entities in the USA that have contributed to the success of the promotions. They include the Telemundo, a Spanish Television Network, Copy King, a Printing establishment in the USA, Gwendolyn O’Neil’s management group, Lion’s Love and Caribbean Cargo and Packaging, an operation managed by Guyanese Bobby Vieira.
Tickets for the show range between $3000 and $10, 000 and are currently on sale at Nigel’s Supermarket, John Lewis Styles, Sweet Point, White Castle Fish Shop and the Guinness Bar.
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