Frank is a stumbling block to be removed says Jones
By Sean Devers
If the Caribbean Fury 1 Boxing card at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall last June was considered a success the organisers expect the second edition, slated for the Princess Hotel on November 6, to be bigger and better with even more International media coverage.
Organised by the Holland’s Entertainment Promotions in collaboration with the Princess Hotel at Providence, this year’s card will feature seven non-title fights including a 6-rounder between Guyana’s Female World Bantamweight Champion Shondell ‘the mystery lady’ Alfred and former World Champion Olga ‘La Mona’ Julio from Colombia.
After an absence of eight months from the ring due to a hand injury Leon ‘Hurry up’ Moore is also scheduled to appear on the card of which he is a Co-Promoter with Carwyn Holland.
The 31-year-old Moore is the holder of the WBC Caribbean Boxing Federation (CABOFE) and Central American super bantamweight titles, the North American Boxing Association (NABA) bantamweight title, along with the WBA Pan Asian Boxing Association super bantamweight title and he will fight Venezuelan Breilor Teran in a 10-round contest.
Rising middleweight star Kwesi Jones who registered an upset victory against 39-year-old former World Champion Howard ‘Battersea Bomber’ Eastman, faces-off with fellow Guyanese Rawl Frank, who now campaigns out of the USA, in an 8 round fight which promises to be full of action.
Mitchell Rogers and Theophelous King match skills over 6 rounds, Trinidadian Joel McRae fights James Walcott also over 6 rounds while Mark Murray battles Canadian Richard Reittie in a 4-rounder and Guyanese Clive Atwell who now lives in Dominica, takes on Errol Trotman over 4 rounds.
At yesterday’s launching of the event at the Princess Hotel, Holland said he was surprised at the amount of foreigners who attended ‘Caribbean Fury 1’ and says despite the difficulties staging fights in Guyana he is committed to providing high-level cards for the Guyanese public and opportunities for the local fighters.
“Caribbean Fury 1 was a learning experience and it has made us better equipped to make Caribbean Fury 2 a resounding success.
Its 80% easier to promote a card in a foreign county than in Guyana and we must commend Princess Hotel and the sponsors for their contribution to this event”, Holland said.
The young promoter who said that apart from Moore who is now getting into the promotion field, veteran promoter Keith Bazilio is also making a huge contribution to this event. He added that while the ‘Friday night fights’ at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall is a good thing, he feels Guyanese have to ‘step up’ if this country is to return to the days when boxing was a major sport and attracted big crowds here.
“The whole setting at Princess Hotel is ideal for such events which is one of the main reasons we chose this venue. We are hoping to get a world title fight here next year and once we can maybe cover the pool to accommodate a larger crowd, the Princess Hotel is the best venue for us.
We would love to have fights at the Sports Hall or even in my hometown Linden but we just cannot charge they type of entrance fee for such a card at those venues,” Holland explained in response to why Princess
Hotel. The cost for the November 6 card is $10,000, $5,000 and $3,000 and Holland says that ESPN Caribbean and CMC are among the big media organisations coming here to cover the card which will be shown live in the USA, Mexico, Canada and the Caribbean. Holland informed that NCN will show a delayed broadcast of the fights sometime after the event.
Holland said that next month’s fight will be a steeping stone of Moore who fights in Florida on January 8 and should jump to number one on the IBF ranking if he wins while the boxer informed that his hand injury is fully healed.
“I am hitting as hard as ever and I was training in the USA after my hand got better. I think the 8-month lay off was good for me and any card in Guyana that Leon Moore in on should see massive crowds.
With Shondell and Frank also on this card there should be plenty of high quality action,” Moore said.
Wearing a cute yellow short dress with designer sunglasses, Alfred looked more like an R&B singer that the dangerous fighter she is. She said that this is her first fight since beating Corinne ‘Sexy Panther’ Van Ryck DeGroot for the World Title and she viewed this as a warm-up bout.
“I don’t think the late notice will make a difference since I am in the gym and I get into condition very quickly. As a fighter the more you are in the ring the better for you and this is just a 6 round match so its ideal for me, especially since my opponent is someone with experience and should provide a good contest,” Alfred said when asked why she decided to fight on such short notice.
Jones says when you want to be the best you have to beat the best and said that he told Eastman he was just an obstacle to be removed before their fight.
“Frank is another obstacle to be removed and I don’t really train differently for fights. I see what they are made of when we get into the ring and I adjust to their style and get better as the rounds builds up. I am confident of another win,” Jones remarked.
Local singer Jomo along with a niece of the late Michael Jackson will be among those expected to provide musical entertainment at the eagerly anticipated Caribbean Fury 2 at the Princess Hotel on November 6.
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