Jan 11, 2012 Sports
A pre-fight brawl between Simeon Hardy and Iwan Azore has set the pace for their 12 rounds
welterweight bout that nets the winner the coveted Caribbean Boxing Federation (CABOFE) title plus bragging rights.
The fight is scheduled for Friday, January 27 but it seems as though both pugilists are anxious to get it on. Shortly after affixing their signatures to their contracts at the offices of Abdool and Abdool’s Insurance Brokers the two erupted into a brief exchange of punches that left Azore nursing a small cut over a swollen left eye and Hardy fuming and promising to complete unfinished business on fight night.
Several other boxers were at the ceremony but it was Hardy and Azore who starred the show. The fighters also threatened to go after each other once again during a photo opportunity but referee Eion Jardine wisely assumed a position between them preventing another altercation. Even then, the two hurled disparaging remarks at each other and fans could only imagine what will transpire on fight night.
“Just imagine he barely got a little brush of the left hook and he is bleeding like a hog; what will happen when I launch the chin checker,” Hardy wanted to know. He said that he will be coming hard at Azore since on Friday nights he likes to be in his house very early. For his part Azore promised to deal with Hardy and prove to him that he is a punk. “You will get all the time to throw your hands on fight night,” he said menacingly.
Ever since entering the professional ranks Hardy has built quite a reputation for himself. He has an unbeaten record and is better remembered for his 20 seconds, record breaking knockout of Patrick Boston and his second round stoppage of veteran Winston Pompey. Hardy has patented the infamous ‘chin check’ a wicked left hook that has rendered his opponents senseless and it was such a blow that connected to Azore and split his eye.
In the other professional fights, former heavyweight champion Mitchell Rogers will tackle Anthony Augustin in a 4 rounds scrap as both fighters battle to restore their flagging careers. Both suffered stunning losses to Kurt Bess and obviously would want to claim a victory and subsequently net a return bout. They were at the signing ceremony and both looked well toned. Mitchell fought last week in Trinidad and Tobago but narrowly lost out to Trinidadian Kirston Manswell in a very close decision.
Local middleweight champion, Edmond DeClou, will also be on show and tackles Patrick Boston in a 4 rounds super/middleweight scrap, while the night’s opener would feature Jermaine King up against Cecil Smith over 4 rounds.
There will be the usual four amateur bouts and the organizers are currently awaiting that list from the officials of the Guyana Amateur Boxing association (GABA).
The price of admission remains at $1,000 for adults and $500 for children. Further, the bouts will not attract a live broadcast but will be aired at a later day.
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