Mar 24, 2013 Sports
By Michael Benjamin
When Howard ‘Battersea Bomber’ Eastman last entered the ring against Simeon ‘Candyman’ Hardy, just under a year ago, many of his fans had written him off saying that he was getting up in age and down in talent; they opined that he stood no chance against the younger, more energetic and skillful Hardy. Eastman defied his critics and not only lasted the distance but was so convincing that the pundits believed that he was ‘done in.’
Now, some 11 months later, the ‘Battersea Bomber’ is ready to reenter the ring, this time against Jamaican, Sakima Mullings, in a 12 rounds welterweight bout that nets the winner the World Boxing Council Caribbean Boxing Federation (WBACABOFE) and the World Boxing Association Fede Caribe (WBAFEDCAR) welterweight belts.
This fight will be the main attraction of a boxing card at the Princess Hotel International, Providence EBD, dubbed ‘Fire Storm,’ and promoted by the Guyana Boxing Board of Control (GBBC).
The card also features Clive Atwell against Venezuelan, Raphael Hernandez for the vacant WBCCABOFE featherweight title. Mark Austin and Gladwin Dorway will finally face off after their initial clash was aborted after Dorway was diagnosed with a heart ailment. He has since been given an all clear by heart specialists and the two will clash for the local welterweight belt.
Syrian boxer, Mahmood ‘The Extractor’ Loul will also attempt to add another scalp to his dossier after disposing of Patrick Boston in the first round in his debut bout just over one month ago. He matches gloves with Berbician, Derick Richmond in a 4 round super/middleweight bout. ‘The Dentist’ is a former kick boxer and has demonstrated his versatility with a smooth transition to the fistic sport.
Mullings, a Jamaican, was originally matched against Barbadian, Miguel Antoine for the WBCCABOFE welterweight belt but the Bajan fighter has failed to meet the requirements for the bout thus the change.
The Jamaican has made quite a name for himself and would best be remembered for a crushing knockout inflicted on local pugilist, Winston Pompey when they fought in Jamaica in ‘The Contender’ series, the Jamaican version of the Guyana Fight night card, last year.
Mullings has also won the Commonwealth Boxing Council Zonal Middleweight Championship late last year shortly before returning to live in Jamaica after pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in finance from the State University of New York in 2008.
He is fast becoming one of Jamaica’s top-rated professional boxers and would be a good test for Eastman who, despite the view of many that he should hang up his gloves, continues to be a thorn in the sides of many of his younger counterparts.
Elton ‘The Bully’ Dharry will also be in action against Hewley Robinson for the local bantamweight title.
Dharry recently disposed of Barbadian, Ricardo Blackman and subsequently, Jamaican, Rudolph Hedge and is expected to be at the top of his game. His opponent would want to make amends for his last performance when he and his opponent, Prince Slowe; were disqualified for not trying hard enough. He is currently under the tutelage of coach, George Oprecht and has vowed to turn in an improved performance.
Fans will also be treated to another thrilling bout, this time in the amateur ranks when the exciting Republican lightweight, Nankumar Singh appears in the ring after a long hiatus. His opponent will be named later. There will also be a bout between two female amateur boxers. Admission price and other pertinent details will follow.
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