Recently crowned super middleweight champion, Dereck ‘Lights Out’ Richmond, is an aggrieved man; one month after sending James ‘Sack’ Walcott to the canvas for good and earning the aforementioned accolade, the newly crowned champion is still to receive his belt and his manager/coach, Orlon ‘Pocket Rocket’ Rogers is calling on boxing administrators to hand over the accolade since the new champ wishes to move on with his career.
Rogers said that Richmond is the first Berbician to have earned such a prestigious accolade at such an early stage in his career and his team had planned a motorcade around New Amsterdam in acknowledgement of the feat. However, they had to postpone the event because Richmond is still to receive the belt.
Rogers also said that he asked President of the Guyana Boxing Board of Control (GBBC), Peter Abdool, of the belt and received several dates when it would have been available. “These dates have long past and we are still to receive a positive word,” lamented Rogers.
Rogers said that he next spoke with match maker, Eon Jardine who confirmed that the belt was not yet available and he would inform Rogers when he could uplift the item. The manager/coach is now wondering what to do next as his charge wants to push on with his career which could suffer setbacks in the absence of the belt.
Efforts by Kaieteur Sport to contact Mr. Abdool were futile but Mr. Jardine confirmed that he had spoken with Richmond on the issue. Mr. Jardine said that the GBBC was short on belts and he had informed Richmond that every effort was being made to furnish him with the accolade. “We have never defaulted on our obligations and commitments and we will hand over the belt just as soon as it becomes available,” assured Jardine.
Richmond, who hails from Cumberland East Canje, has so far chalked up an impressive 3:1:1 record with all three of his victories coming by the knock out route. He disposed of his most recent victim, James ‘Sack’ Walcott’s in 2:57secs of the fourth round and won the national belt on Boxing Day. He also scored an upset win over Caribbean Boxing Federation (CABOFE) middleweight champion, Edmond DeClou, whom he stopped in the third round of a non-title fight. His devastating punching power resulted in DeClou nursing a broken jaw in the process. He also took care of Romeo Norville by the knockout route in an earlier fight.
Richmond’s feat is impressive and has been touted as record breaking since he has only stripped off his shirt January 2013 and has clinched the prestigious national title in less than one year.
Guyana Boxing Board of Control officials have assured that he will soon receive the belt, an emblem to his recently acquired supremacy.
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