When Winston Pompey enters the ring next Friday evening to fight Simeon Hardy in the September edition of the ProAm boxing extravaganza he would have to be wary of a super confident boxer who feels that he is invincible. And why must Hardy not feel this way after demolishing Patrick Boston in just 20 fiery seconds to erase Troy Lewis’ two minutes and a few seconds effort in an earlier bout against Rudolph Fraser?
Hardy subsequently racked up a 4-0 record including Cassius Matthews and Eversley Browne before taking care of Lewis in a six rounds scrap. Since then the ‘Candyman’ has boasted of his invincibility, calling out anyone with guts to occupy the opposite corner. Hardy’s high-pitched voice has reached the ears of the organizers of the ProAm boxing cards and they have selected Winston Pompey, the best in the bunch to oppose him and for the first time in his fledgling career the ‘Candyman’ will be required to dig deep if he is to come up with a win.
When Kaieteur Sport spoke with Hardy at the Forgotten Youth Foundation boxing gym he scoffed at the thought of losing to Pompey. “I have absolutely no regard for him,” he stated matter of factly. “As a matter of fact, despite training in anticipation of a stiff six rounds, I am not certain the bout last that long.”
Hardy then ventured into a prediction, “I will stop Pompey very early; I have my eyes set on bigger things and will not allow Pompey to stand in my way!” He said that after taking care of Pompey he is willing to fight anyone in his division including ‘Sixhead’ Lewis and ‘The Battersea Bomber’ Eastman. However, his mind is set on a bout with Iwan Azore; a boxer he feels will bring out the best in him.
Pompey remained nonplussed when informed of Hardy’s plans for him. “This kid is now into the game and has become very brash so I will have to shut him up,” said Pompey. He was at the time going through his drills at the Andrew ‘Sixhead’ Lewis boxing gym under the tutelage of George ‘Kanchi’ Oprecht. “Other than promising to win, I refuse to be drawn into idle talk,” said Pompey when asked to predict the outcome.
While Pompey chose to remain reticent, Oprecht was the garrulous one, “Who is Simeon Hardy and just who has he beaten?” he asked rhetorically. Oprecht said that the Boston knockout, Hardy’s claim to fame, is nothing to boast of since that fighter is not among the top notched ones locally. “As a matter of fact I would simply exchange places with Pompey and as old as I am I would knock out Hardy,” proclaimed Oprecht to laugher from those in hearing distance.
Ophrect admits that Hardy is ambitious but the veteran coach said that this trait alone would not be sufficient to defeat Pompey. The latter fighter has been in camp ever since returning from Jamaica where he dropped a decision to Sakima Mullings. Pompey has also suffered losses in several other overseas engagements but has always dominated his opponents on local soil. Further, he is the more experienced of the two and has stated that he has absolutely no regard for his opponent.
Several other bouts will comprise the card including Jermaine King who tackles Barbadian Miguel Antoine in a jnr/welterweight bout while Troy Lewis and Kelsie George will duke it out over 4 rounds. The latter fighter is making his professional debut after completing a decent amateur career. Another pugilist, Shaheed Ali, will also take off his shirt when he battles Carlton Skeete in a 4 rounds bantamweight contest.
The ProAm boxing affair is an initiative of the Guyana Boxing Board of Control in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports and the National Communications Network (NCN). The action gets underway at 20:00 and admission is $1,000 for adults with children being asked to pay half that amount.
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