By Michael Benjamin
He has been somewhat inactive but former local bantamweight champion, Dexter Marques, has been training ardently and is ready to throw down the gauntlet when he goes after Jamaican, Rudolph ‘Cutting Edge’ Hedge for the World Boxing Council Caribbean Boxing Federation (WBCCABOFE) flyweight title over 12 rounds when the Guyana Boxing Board of Control presents the ‘Jamaican Showdown’ at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH), Saturday April 5.
The card comes at a time when four other Guyanese boxers are currently in Jamaica competing for honours in ‘The Contender,’ series against their Jamaican and other Caribbean counterparts with Barbados based Guyanese pugilist, Revlon Lake suffering a 4th round knockout to Jamaican, Sakima Mullings; Marques would be out for revenge against Mullings countryman, a tough customer who has so far compiled a 7-1 record, albeit with just 2 knockouts.
One of those losses was against Elton Dharry in February last year and boxing fans will remember the high level of determination and grit demonstrated by the Jamaican that made Dharry dig deep to come up with a points decision.
Ironically, Marques also had a stint in the ring with Dharry in May 2011 and failed to make it to the final bell; Dharry took care of him in the 7th round. Using that scenario, one may be tempted to predict an easy victory for the Jamaican but with boxing history replete with similar situations where such analysis hardly held water, fans ought not to be surprised if the homeboy shrugs aside the perceived advantages of his foe and go on to win.
One thing could be said of Marques; he is a classy fighter and always enters the ring in tip top condition. Should Hedge enter the bout in similar shape as when he opposed Dharry, fans could brace themselves for the treat in store.
The undercard will also provide some entertainment when Guyanese, Quincy Gomes oppose Jamaican, Toriano Nicholas in a 4 rounds lightweight bout, while local pugilist, Romeo Norville, fights another Jamaican, Kemahl Russell, in a 4 rounds super middleweight contest.
Junior/middleweights, Mark Austin (Guy) and Devon Moncrieffe (Jam) will then battle over 8 rounds and the former fighter will want to use this bout to return to the spotlight after losing to Clive Atwell and hindering his progression somewhat.
The card gets underway when David Thomas and Richard Williamson go after each other in an all Guyanese super/lightweight affair over 4 rounds.
The action gets underway at 20:00hrs sharp and the battle lines have been drawn. While 4 Guyanese pugilists battle in Kingston Jamaica for honours in the Contender series, a similar number of Jamaicans will throw down the gauntlet on their Guyanese counterparts in Georgetown for prestigious accolades. Fans will want to come out in their numbers to cheer their countrymen on to victory. The battle is truly on!
Admission: Ringside $3,000, Stands $1,500.
Sponsors who have assisted in the successful staging of the card includes: – Fly Jamaica, Digicel, Banks DIH Limited, Guyoil, Courts, Giftland Office Max, Guyana Tourism Authority, Top Brandz Distributors (Corona Beer).
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