Apr 06, 2011 Sports
Lindeners would get a first hand look at the boxing talent available locally when the organizers of the monthly ProAm boxing cards take the action to the Mining Town to coincide with the yearly Town Day celebrations on April 25 next.
President of the Guyana Boxing Board of Control (GBBC), Peter Abdool made this disclosure yesterday afternoon when the participating boxers convened at his Avenue of the Republic offices for the official signing ceremony.
The card would be held at the Mackenzie Sports Complex and will be co-promoted by Dexter Osborne, a Lindener with a desire to have the sport resuscitated in the Mining Town. Mr. Osborne said that residents of his region are hungry for fistic entertainment and he expects the ProAm initiative to be a starting point towards this objective.
In the main bout, Kurt Bess will come up against Barbadian based Guyanese, Cleveland Fraser over twelve rounds for the local cruiserweight title. Super/middleweights Edmond DeClou and Winston Pompey would have a second go at each other after their first fight earlier this year ended in a draw. Both fighters had remained adamant that they were ‘done in’ prompting the organizers to arrange the rematch.
Yesterday, at the signing ceremony, both pugilists remained guarded when asked of their plans for the bout. However, they both promised to leave no room for a repeat of the last decision.
Pauline London and Sharon Ward have fought thrice before and the latter fighter had prevailed. They will meet once again in a fight dubbed ‘The Decider.’
London spent most of the time at the signing ceremony hurling threats in Ward’s direction. Ward simply smiled and urged her to wait until the right time comes to back her chat with action. “This time I will burst your mouth,” taunted London while thrusting her fists into her opponent’s face. Ward simply shrugged aside the offensive remark while promising to replicate the earlier decisions.
In the final bout of the card, Cassius Matthews returns after suffering a lost to Simeon Hardy, to oppose Shawn Pyle over 4 rounds. A tall southpaw who hails from Linden, Matthews would feel that he would have the advantage. Pyle, on the other hand, has fought in the Mining Town on several occasions and would feel comforted that he would have also attracted a large following in that region.
Meanwhile, Raphael Jonas, Fraser’s manager, is exuding confidence saying that his charge is in the pink of condition and is coming to win. Jonas arrived in Guyana yesterday and said that his charge will arrive soon to keep his ring date. He said Fraser has recently dropped a decision to Guyanese Shawn Corbin in a fight in Trinidad and Tobago and has since returned to the gym to address his shortcomings. Jonas said that Fraser is anxious to return to winners’ row and is training diligently to do so.
There will also be the regular accompaniment of 4 amateur bouts and the organizers are awaiting the list from the Guyana Amateur Boxing Association (GABA) executives. The fighters opened camp yesterday afternoon at various gyms countrywide and once again Kaieteur Sport would be tracking and reporting on their activities.
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