Grunts, groans and the rhythmic beat of the skipping ropes punctuated the air as the boxers rounded off training sessions for the ‘Night of Contenders’ boxing card organized by the Guyana Boxing Board of Control (GBBC) and slated for the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall (CASH), Saturday September 13 next.
Leon ‘Hurry Up’ Moore recently returned from the USA after honing his skills at the Gleasons Gym, Front Street, Brooklyn, and sparred several rounds against the experienced (and heavier), Revlon Lake and from all appearances is ready for his 6 rounds catchweight bout with Mark Murray.
The boxers were in training at the Andrew Lewis Boxing Gym, Independence Boulevard, yesterday morning and the feature was the sparring session. Punches rained as both boxers went after each other, apparently oblivious to the fact that they were engaged in preparatory sparring sessions and not the actual fight. Lake is preparing for a fight in Trinidad and Tobago and provided just the kind of work Moore needs to whip himself into shape.
The latter pugilist lashed out mercilessly as the former blocked up to stem the tide. Lake did put up firm resistance but later admitted that he has not yet reached his peak. He said that he was impressed by Moore’s style, determination and speed. Lake is Moore’s key sparring partner and vowed to continue since he is learning quite a lot.
Later in the morning, Winston Pompey took to the ring against Mark Austin. The former boxer will square off with another ‘Contender’ fighter, Jamaican, Russell Kamal while Austin comes in as a substitute following an injury sustained by local welterweight champion, Iwan Azore and engages Dexter Gonsalves in a 6 rounds middleweight affair.
Pompey has had a training stint in Suriname and said that he is a much improved boxer. Indeed, he has shown some measure of improvement against Austin as he mixed combinations with good leg movements. Not to be outdone, Austin matched his aggression and the two pugilists truly entertained the smattering of spectators that visited the gym yesterday morning. Pompey will know that Kamal is no slouch and has earned a TKO decision over Romeo Norville when he made his inaugural visit to Guyana last year.
Those boxers are among several others that will be on show and fans are guaranteed a treat as the other whip themselves into shape at other training institutions. Dexter Gonsalves battles Richard Williamson who is currently at training with Derek Richmond at the Rose Hall Jammers, Berbice. Richmond’s opponent, Sakima Mullings, is expected in Guyana later in the week along with Kamal.
The night’s curtain raiser will see Caribbean Boxing Federation (CABOFE) bantamweight champion, Dexter Marques and Richard Williamson squaring off for the second time in a year in a bantamweight six rounder. Bell time is 20:0hrs and price of admission for stands is $1000 while ringside seats are going at $2000.
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