Preparations have been completed and all roads lead to the Matthew Allen Road (Stelling Road) in New Amsterdam Berbice, tonight for the anticipated night of fistic fury expected to unfold as boxing return to Berbice, when former national amateur and professional boxing champion Jeff Roberts and his newly formed Roberts Champion Boxing Gym (RCBG) stages their first ever fight night beginning at 18:00 hrs.
There are 12 bouts slated to be contested on the night’s card which is expected to exhort plenty of fireworks as a number of top amateur boxers are expected to be in action.
Apart from boxers of the RCBG and the Rose Hall Jammers boxing gym of Corentyne, who will be taking the pride of Berbice with them, the night’s action is also expected to feature fighters from the county of Essequibo where trainer Clifton Moore has expressed confidence that is charges will make full use of their trip to Berbice and come out champions. The Forgotten Youth Foundation of Albouystown under the guidance of coach Joseph Murray will be looking to put on an unforgettable performance, while the Harpy Eagle (HE) Gym also of Albouystown, under the tutelage of James Walcott, will represent in the ‘Berbice verses the rest’ named event.
Among the boxers on show are Flyweight Michael April, Junior Middleweight Travis Fraser and Bantamweight Joel Williamson all fighting under the banner of the RCBG. Among other top notch boxers expected are Jamal Eastman, Tyrone Lashley, Keon Williams and Albert Thomas.
The former champion is exuding confidence that his charges will put on a good exhibition of boxing and the night’s card will be a success.
The RCBG has over 20 young boxers who are all aiming to make it big and are eager to showcase their skills. The training base is the People National Congress (PNC) building at Strand and St Magdalene Street in New Amsterdam.
Regional Chairman David Armogan, Mayor Claude Henry and former Mayor and boxing buff Errol Alphonso are expected to be at ring side.
According to coordinator Roberts, he is hoping to make it the activity an annual affair, while seeking to promote other cards as often as possible at different locations so as to keep the boxers active and interested. He said that he will gauge his next activity at the conclusion of this card.
Roberts said, “If we don’t keep activity for these boxers then, we run the risk of them losing some of what they are being thought.”
He would like to express thanks to Hand in Hand Insurance, Leader of A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) David Granger for allowing them the use of the building, Courts Guyana Limited, Berbice Bridge Company and Giftland Office Max among others. (Samuel Whyte)
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