The time is quickly drawing nigh and the boxers on show for this month end
CABOFE boxing extravaganza have heightened their training to ensure that they are in the best shape of their lives when they go after several Caribbean Boxing Federation (CABOFE) titles and an opportunity to battle for top honours in the World Boxing Council (WBC) 50th anniversary affair that pits the skills of pugilists from all of the 8 confederations affiliated to the world body.
Yesterday afternoon the action was at the Andrew Lewis Boxing Gym (ALBG) where former local bantamweight champion, Dexter Marques engaged Eon Bancroft in several hectic rounds under the tutelage of his coaches, Terrence Poole and Lennox Daniels. The classy Marques engages Orland ‘Pocket Rocket’ Rogers for the CABOFE flyweight crown on Saturday February 25 next.
Marques continued to exhibit the skills that have taken him to the bantamweight title but only this time he mixed his style with aggression. The session quickly evolved into a slugfest with the heavier Bancroft employing bullying tactics.
Marques bided his time and retaliated in the latter rounds with several salvoes to his opponent’s body and head. Of note also is the vast improvement to Marques’ style as, apart from employing a slick boxing deportment devoid of power punches, he appears to be settling down and delivering crunching combinations which could stand him in good stead against the shorter Rogers.
During the fight against Elton Dharry, where he had surrendered the bantamweight version of the title, Marques had demonstrated an inability to quarter the ring much to his detriment. Yesterday afternoon, he seemed determined to correct this flaw and succeeded to the extent where he managed to push the heavier Bancroft backwards.
Upon completion of sparring sessions coach Daniels carried Marques through his paces with several more rounds on the striking pads. This exercise is meant to improve timings and speed and Marques was really pushed to the hilt. He managed nicely and wrapped up training sessions with hectic skipping sessions and calisthenics. His opponent, Orland Rogers, is currently preparing for the bout in Berbice and Kaieteur Sport will report on his activities later in the week.
The card will eclipse all other promotions as it pits the skills of the cream of the local boxers plus two foreigners. All of the fights are for CABOFE championships with the main bout bringing together Wayne ‘Big Truck’ Braithwaite against Barbadian Shawn Cox in the heavyweight division.
Edmond DeClou battles Trinidadian Kevin Placide for the middleweight version of the title while Elton ‘Coolie Bully’ Dharry defends his CABOFE bantamweight title against Selwyn Lett. Another Barbadian based Guyanese, super/lightweight Revlon Lake will face off with Barbadian, Miguel Antoine.
Activities would not be televised live and admission is $3,000 for a ringside seat while patrons pay half that amount for a seat in the stands. Bell time is 20:00hrs.
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