Says Michael Benjamin
President of the Guyana Boxing Board of Control (GBBC), Peter Abdool must be a pleased man following the favourable crowd support at the recent boxing extravaganza that pitted the skills of ten boxers for five Caribbean Boxing Federation (CABOFE) titles at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH) Saturday evening last.
A random survey of those that attended the card revealed that many of the patrons were entertained, paving the way for similar successes in the near future. However, even as the organizers chuck a chest in the air, they must be cognizant of the lapses that precipitated muted complaints from, what was undoubtedly, the largest boxing crowd and the best card in recent history.
Admittedly, the Dharry/Lett bantamweight affair failed to provide the expected fireworks but one should realize that ‘The Coolie Bully’ is not the ordinary run of the mill boxer and Lett would have had to up his game to compete instead of just participate. Otherwise, all of the other bouts were action packed even though large sections of the pundits were disgusted by some of the results.
In reality, the fight that incensed Guyanese was the Braithwaite/Cox shindig where the Bajan simply devastated the Guyanese. The general view did not criticize the stoppage but the briefness of the bout especially since Braithwaite is world class material and a former world champion at that. That the supporters made their feelings felt in no uncertain manner goes without saying.
One hopes that Braithwaite’s demise will not be the deciding factor in the support rendered to future cards. Anyone could be knocked out and anyway, no one expected the Cox/Braithwaite affair to go the distance.
The former World Boxing Council (WBC) cruiserweight champion’s career is now at the crossroads and if one is to gauge the attitude of the crowd, one could simply say that the Guyanese pugilist will have to scrape back into the limelight by his boot straps. He has disappointed his fans and many said that they have also been embarrassed.
That apart, the organizers wish to thank the many patrons that visited the arena as well as the corporate entities that selflessly offered assistance. The fans might not have been satisfied with the result but they must realize that boxing is a mercurial sport.
Amidst it all, what is certain is that the executive of the GBBC had come up with a humdinger of a card despite the naysayer’s uttering. There will be many more of similar quality and fans will do well to understand that fights could end in point decisions, technical and brutal knockouts as well as by default (injury). While Guyanese would wish to hoist their local heroes on their shoulders after victories, they must be cognizant that anyone could be knocked out irrespective of status or ranking. It’s simply a part of the game.
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