Local welterweight pugilist, Revlon Lake, will begin his quest for an eventual purse of more than four million Guyana dollars when he opposes Jamaican boxer, Sakima Mulling when the curtains go up on the Jamaican Boxing Board’s ‘Contender’ boxing series, Wednesday, March 19 next.
Activities got underway when the boxers attended the opening ceremony yesterday afternoon and according to local referee, Eon Jardine, the local crew of Howard ‘Battersea Bomber’ Eastman, Gladwin Dorway, Derick Richmond and Lake, is bursting with confidence and rearing to go.
Jardine said that the boxers have been placed into two categories, the Green and Yellow Team respectively, with the local pugilists placed in the former group. Other boxers placed among the Guyanese pugilists are, Prince Lee Isidore (Trinidad and Tobago), Christopher ‘Shaka’ Henry and Gardial Roberts (Barbados) with Anthony Osbourne being the only Jamaican comprising this group; the Jamaicans have been grouped in the yellow category.
The four local boxers left Guyana for Kingston just over a week ago and are scheduled to match gloves with their Caribbean counterparts in the 3rd edition of ‘The Contender,’ a tournament conceptualized by the Jamaican Boxing Board.
The local team is accompanied by coaches, Joseph Murray, Orlon ‘Pocket Rocket’ Rogers and Mark Thom. While each coach is responsible for a particular boxer, they will all unite to prepare the team for the rigorous tournament ahead.
The boxers will remain in the Island for approximately four months, during which time, they will engage their counterparts in the host country, Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados for a chance to clinch a lucrative purse of US$20,000.
The tournament is dubbed, ‘The Contender’ and is similar to the local Guyana Fight Night but with a slight difference. When it started some 3 years ago, the organizers had pitted the skills of the best middleweights on the Island in a module that was copied from a similar series staged in North America under the auspices of the World Boxing Council (WBC). Having ascertained the best middleweight, the promoters have now broadened the scope to the welterweight division and were hopeful of participation from other countries in North America and Europe. They have just managed to attract those aforementioned Caricom countries and this segment will see boxers out of Jamaica (8), Guyana (4), Trinidad and Tobago (2) and Barbados (2) going after the top prize.
Kaieteur Sport was informed that once a fighter loses, he will return home but during their stay in Jamaica, the team will receive a weekly stipend to sustain them while all related expenses will be offset by the promoters.
Other than the top prize, the runner up receives US$5000 with the boxer occupying the 3rd place receiving $2,500 and the boxer occupying the 4th place spot receiving $1,500.
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