Mar 31, 2013 Sports
Will soon involve local pugilists in his projections
By Michael Benjamin
After more than three decades of throwing leathers in the square jungle, former world rater, Rawle Frank has teamed up with several of his siblings under the group, ‘Frank’s Uprising Promotions,’ to host the first boxing card in New York by a Guyanese group at the Five Star Banquet Hall, Long Island City Queens, New York, Saturday March 28 last.
The card was headlined by Raul’s younger sibling, Ronson, who pounded Sharif Kemp on his way to a 2nd round knockout victory in the 5 bout card that also featured another Guyanese, junior/lightweight, Travis Hall; he had to settle for a draw against Frank Garriga in a 4 rounds encounter.
Super Middleweight, Juan Zapata, survived a 2nd round knockdown to register a points decision win over Valdrin Muriqi in their 4 rounds clash, while Michael Ocasio outpointed Eric George in a 4 rounds cruiserweight contest. In the lone female bout, in the flyweight division, Jacqueline Park defeated Susan Reno over 4 rounds.
Local boxing pundits will remember with nostalgia, the many families that have occupied the boxing arena over the decades. Those historians worth their salt would remember the Blackmore clan, the Forde clan and the many others that have inked their names in the history book of local boxing.
The Franks, Raul, Stephen, Rory and Ronson, have also etched their names into the history books of local boxing with Raul going on to fight unsuccessfully for world titles; he dropped two 12 rounders to the late Vernon Forest in his bid for the International Boxing Federation welterweight title in August 2000 and May 2001. It seems as though Raul has hung up his gloves but the Frank legacy will continue to live on through the efforts of his sibling, light heavyweight prospect, Ronson, whose early victories had set tongues wagging and earned him a name for himself in the fistic sport.
After experiencing contractual difficulties two years ago, Ronson was inactive and following a favourable resolution, returned to the ring last Thursday evening, reigniting a desire to climb to the top of his game.
Kaieteur Sport spoke with Frank at his Brooklyn home and he said that while the victory was satisfying he felt a sense of accomplishment because he had joined with his other siblings to promote the card under ‘Frank’s Uprising Promotions.’
His brother, Raul, said that the promotional group was born from a desire to facilitate boxers plying their trade but unable to make the transition into the big leagues. He explained that apart from those boxers in New York that fall into this group, the promoters are examining ways of incorporating Guyanese boxers in their plans.
Frank said that they are now examining the possibility of a card sometime in May and will be heading to Guyana later in the year for a card on Boxing Day. He said that the group intends to engage President of the Guyana Boxing Board of Control, Peter Abdool in further discussions. Frank also intimated that the next bout under ‘Frank’s Uprising Promotions,’ is scheduled for late May.
Meanwhile, upon conclusion of the fight the 35 years old Ronson admitted that the challenges of promoting while preparing for a bout could be taxing. He is contemplating retracting from the promotional aspect in order to pay attention to his professional career. He said that he will be back in the gym within the next two weeks. The victory has pushed his record to an impeccable 17-0 with 9 knockouts.
Another Guyanese pugilist, Travis Hall, turned in a wonderful performance but had to settle for a draw in a 4 rounds Jnr/lightweights bout with Frank Garriga. Frank said that he was impressed with Hall’s performance and will be hosting him on future fight cards.
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