By Sean Devers
Producers of super comfortable mattresses, Comfortsleep of Industrial Site, Eccles is ensuring that World Bantamweight female Boxing Champion Guyana’s Shondell ‘Mystery lady’ Alfred keep all of her fans awake when she matches gloves with Colombian Light Flyweight Olga ‘La Mona’ Julio in a 6-round at the Princess Hotel on November 6 on the Holland’s Entertainment Caribbean Fury 2 International Boxing card.
The East Bank Demerara business entity yesterday handed over an undisclosed amount to fully cover the cost of the Alfred/ Julio bout to the card’s co-promoter Leon ‘Hurry up’ Moore.
The 28-year-old Alfred, who has won 12 and lost 5 of her 17 fights, has knocked out 4 of her opponents and this will be her first action in the ring since beating Corinne ‘Sexy Panther’ Van Ryck DeGroot in June for the World Title.
The 5-feet, 4-inch Boxer is viewing November 6 engagement as a warm-up bout and promises her fans a clinical performance.
“I don’t think the late notice to appear on this card 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 last week.
Alfred’s last fight was at the Princess Hotel and she is eager to again do battle at that venue. “It a real nice place to Box… I was surprised at the long lines to get in and I am sure another large crowd will be on hand. I am looking forward to this fight since it will prepare me mentally and physically for bigger things, Alfred, who has fought 74 rounds so far in her 17-match career, added.
Alfred has never seen Julio fight but that is not a concern for her since she says when she steps into the ring she is always ready for what her opponents have to offer and forces them to adjust their style to match hers.
Although her opponent is the same height as her (5feet, 4 inches) she is 4 years Alfred’s junior and should not be a push over. A pulsating battle is anticipated between the ladies since the Colombian has also fought 74 rounds in 17 fights; losing eight and winning 8. Julio who also has a draw to her name has knocked out four of her opponents while she has been knocked out five times.
Apart from the female encounter, this year’s Caribbean Fury card will feature six other non-title fights. After an absence of eight months due to a hand injury the 31-year-old Moore returns to the ring to fight Venezuelan Breilor Teran in a 10-round contest.
Mitchell Rogers and Theophelous King match skills over 6 rounds, Trinidadian Joel McRae fights James Walcott also over 6 rounds, 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.
The other scheduled fight is between Rising middleweight star Kwesi Jones who registered an upset victory against 39-year-old former European Champion Howard ‘Battersea Bomber’ Eastman and fellow Guyanese Rawl Frank, who now campaigns out of the USA, in an 8 round fight is still to be confirmed.
Moore, in his capacity as co-promoter said yesterday that Jones is overweight at 170 pounds and if he did not agree by yesterday to lose around 10 pounds to match Frank’s weight, Denny Dalton could replace him as Frank’s opponent on November 6.
Holland, who was scheduled to leave Guyana today on Boxing related business, told Kaieteur Sport yesterday that things are moving smoothly for next month’s event and disclosed that while none of the overseas fighters have been given their contracts as yet, he is in constant contact with their management and is satisfied with their commitment to the card.
He said he was grateful to Comfortsleep for their support of the female match-up and encouraged other local business to get on board the Caribbean Fury 2 train before there is no room left for them to use this opportunity to promote their goods and service to an international market through the live Televising of the fights.
Charran said he was glad to be involved in Sports and when approached quickly agreed to lend his company’s support and to utilize the opportunity to internationally market his products.
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