Two of the country’s top amateur boxers bantamweight, Benjamin Henry and lightweight
Marvin Ageda are scheduled to leave these shores on Tuesday to participate in the Junior Commonwealth games scheduled for the Isle of Mann from September 8-13.
Both boxers are in the pink of condition and from all appearances are good and ready to perform at the championships. Yesterday afternoon they were taken through their paces at the Forgotten Youth Foundation (FYF) by their Coach Sebert Blake, who will also accompany them on the trip.
Both boxers shadow boxed before hitting the striking pads and subsequently the speed ball in preparation for what is undoubtedly the toughest challenge of their careers to date. Over fifteen minutes of skipping complimented by rigorous calisthenics rounded off the afternoon sessions.
Henry, a relatively young boxer from the Port Kaituma Boxing gym, has demonstrated immense skill ever since his first appearance less than two years ago. The young pugilist is the national novice and intermediate champion but faltered at the national open championships when he lost on the final night to Delon Allicock of the FYF. Notwithstanding this, he has managed to impress the selectors for a place on the imminent championships and his application to the task at hand is certainly encouraging.
Siebert Blake will accompany the boxers as their coach/manager and is confident that they will do Guyana proud. “These guys have worked exceedingly hard for the past three months and to my mind they have an excellent chance of winning medals,” said Mr. Blake.
He also said that the two pugilists are a part of the team
selected to train for possible
selection to the 2012 Olympics and the imminent championships should reveal whether they have what it takes to win major medals. Blake said that the tournament would attract 71 nations with 54 of these countries participating in the boxing championships.
Henry said that he has made immense sacrifices during preparations and is confident that he will procure a gold medal. Ageda is also confident of getting into the medal rounds and says that his greatest desire is to win a gold medal for his country. While the tournament is Benjamin’s inaugural international engagement, Ageda has represented Guyana twice, in Goodwill tournaments in Trinidad and Tobago and also in St Kitts/Nevis. He was successful in both tournaments, winning two bouts in Trinidad and Tobago while securing another win in the latter country. The boxers are currently winding down training sessions and are expected to close camp on Monday afternoon one day before their departure.
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