Nov 24, 2012 Sports
WBC officials forced to cancel fight
Shondell ‘Mystery Lady’ Alfred’s chance to hit the international lime light in a fight against Mexican, Zulina Muñoz, for the World Boxing Council (WBC) female Super/flyweight title at Foro Polanco, Mexico City, Mexico tonight, was shattered when doctors performing medical checks hours before the bout discovered that she was more than two months pregnant.
The medical practitioners subsequently advised world boxing officials to cancel the bout as it would have been a calculated risk to Alfred’s health if the fight was given the green light. The news came as a shock to Alfred who, according to reports, up to the time of the discovery, was totally unaware of her condition and was distraught by the turn of events.
President of the Guyana Boxing Board of Control, Peter Abdool was also appalled by the news. He said that he had worked tirelessly to ensure that Alfred clinched the bout and he was confident that she would have won the belt.
Mr. Abdool said that he had been closely monitoring Alfred’s progress ever since she landed in Mexico some time ago and was satisfied that she was psychologically ready to take on Muñoz. Quizzed on any setbacks Alfred might experience following the twist of faith, Mr. Abdool said that the prognosis might not be that favourable.
He lamented that the Women’s International Boxing Association (WIBA) Bantamweight champion had been waiting in the sidelines ever since her devastating knockout victory over Corrinne van ryke DeGroot and had relished the opportunity to fight before an international audience.
Mr. Abdool could not definitively say what would be the stance taken by the WIBA in regards to the title Alfred now holds but he said that he has known of instances before when the administrators had placed the title on hold while mandating the number one and two contenders to fight an interim bout for the title.
The winner would then be the one to tackle the champion at the earliest opportunity. He feels that Alfred might be able to benefit from this precedent. “We just have to keep our fingers crossed and hope for the best,” said the Boxing Board President.
Meanwhile, Alfred was brimming with confidence mere hours before the fight yesterday afternoon and had paid a courtesy call on President of the WBC, Jose Sulaiman at the offices of the WBC in Mexico City moments after she had attended the WBC Boss’ weekly press conference.
The fight was to have been the feature attraction of the card dubbed ‘Funcion de Gala Ring Telmex’ and the Guyanese pugilist was spouting confidence. She had trained intensively while in Guyana and had even engaged in special training sessions to counteract the effects of the high altitude terrain of the Spanish speaking country. All that has dwindled to naught and Alfred and her coaches, Sebert Blake and Joseph Murray are now preparing for the flight back home devoid of the title she was certain she would have won.
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