Mar 23, 2011 Sports
Kwesi Jones is so confident of defeating Howard ‘Battersea Bomber’ Eastman when the two square off in the 13th edition of the ProAm boxing extravaganza at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH) this Friday evening that he has already signaled an intention to sign up to fight Lennox ‘Pretty Boy’ Allen for his next bout. “When I am finished with Eastman I want to fight Allen,” pronounced Jones.
Indeed, the war of words heightened as the boxers contracted for Friday night’s encounter convened for the pre-fight press conference in the studios of the National Communication Network (NCN), Homestretch Avenue yesterday afternoon.
Jones views Eastman as a stumbling block to his ambitions of attaining international acclaim and has promised to teach the ‘Battersea Bomber’ a lesson in the finer arts of the sport. Eastman was unavoidably absent but nevertheless dispatched a response via a text message to Guyana Boxing Board of Control official, Trevor Arno warning Jones of the impending beating. Jones in turn scoffed at the missive and reiterated his boast of taking the honours.
Jones said that he is primed up for action and has absolutely no fear of Eastman. “He has had his time; this is now my time,” said Jones. When someone pointed out that Eastman will dominate the fight in the latter rounds Jones exclaimed, “So he thinks!” The lanky Jones further explained that his coach, George Oprecht had drafted out a training programme that emphasizes the conditional aspect of his preparations. He said that his training regiment has been increased to suit the 12 rounds duration.
“I defeated Eastman in the first fight and I will repeat that feat in this bout,” a confident Jones pronounced. He further explained that he has learnt to assess fights so as to employ the right counteractive strategy.
Simeon Hardy, noted for his 20 seconds knockout over Patrick Boston was also in full flow and promised to dish out a sound whipping to Cassius Mathews. The latter fighter lives in Linden and was not there to offer a response so Hardy utilized the opportunity to extol himself.
In the midst of his ranting Matthews walked into the studio in beads of perspiration. He explained that his journey to the Capital city was delayed by heavy traffic on the East Bank and that it was not out of fear, as earlier opined by Hardy.
He immediately thrust his face into Hardy’s and warned him to come prepared for the battle of his life. “This is a young kid that is only now learning this game,” Matthews pronounced. “I am not into talking right now; all my talking will be done with my fists on fight night,” he concluded.
Sharon Ward lives in Linden and was unavoidably absent from the proceedings. Veronica Blackman took advantage of her absence and extolled herself. “I am going to win this bout,” she pronounced. Reminded that she is coming off a loss to Mandessa Moses and might be at a psychological disadvantage London retorted, “You try with duh, I can’t afford to lose whap whap.” Naturally, only punches were missing as the fighters launched a verbal attack, each promising to inflict severe pain on the other.
The other bout pits the skills of Edmond DeClou up against Eversley Browne in a middleweight encounter.
Meanwhile, President of the GBBC, Peter Abdool announced that his organization is contemplating a card that will bring together Jones and Allen for the CABOFE title.
However, the GBBC President said that Jones would have to earn the right to the bout by firstly defeating Eastman. Mr. Abdool further intimated that his executives are mulling a bantamweight title clash between Dexter Marques and Elton ‘Coolie Bully’ Dharry.
These bouts are still in the embryonic stages but we are working assiduously to bring them to the Guyanese people,” said Mr. Abdool.
Meanwhile, the amateur boxers comprising the other segment of the card are also rearing to go. Among them are lightweight Teresa London and junior/flyweight Carol Ann Bess, the two boxers selected to represent this country in the World Female Junior and Youth Games scheduled for Turkey from April 21-May 1. London opposes Amanda Charles, while Bess squares off with Ansilla Norville.
Then there is the welterweight bout featuring Republican Nankumar Singh and Mark George while Romano Clarke will square off against Nankumar’s gym mate, Delroy Nero, also in the junior/welterweight division.
The boxers would convene at the Waterchris International Hotel, Waterloo Street tomorrow night from 19:00hrs for the weigh in ceremony. The fights get underway from 20:00hrs on Friday March 25 and those unable to go to the venue can tune in to NCN channel eleven for a live blow by blow broadcast.
Children under 12 years of age would be allowed into the venue free of cost while adults pay an affordable $1,000. Officials have explained that the cost was not meant to burden patrons but is necessary to offset the astronomical cost of promoting the card.
They are also grateful for the input of corporate Guyana and wish to thank Digicel, Ansa McAl, Courts, Guyoil, Geddes Grant and Giftland Office Max for their kind contributions. The Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports also came in for commendations. The first bell sounds at 20:00hrs.
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