When the nation’s amateur boxers enter the ring October 24 next in the Guyana Boxing Association (GBA) National Open Championships, they will be under keen scrutiny as officials will be using this tournament to select a squad to participate in several imminent overseas championships, including the PanAm Games early next year and ultimately, the 2016 Brazil Olympics.
For that reason boxing fans could expect the usual fireworks associated with this particular championship as it pits the skills of the nation’s top amateurs at the highest level tournament. President of the GBA, Steve Ninvalle only recently returned from a trip to the United States of America and disclosed that he has been able to secure the presence of several local pugilists, residing there, to compete in the impending tournament.
He said that he has spoken to three boxers and has recently received confirmation from Quincy ‘Biggy’ Small, a compact super/heavyweight that has left Guyana some 14 years and has since been practicing his trade in the North American country.
Mr. Ninvalle also said that he is awaiting similar confirmation from two other local boxers, also residing in North America. The heated rivalry between the Guyana Defense Force and the Republican Boxing Gym is expected to continue and the Republican pugilists will be full of confidence after winning the Intermediate championships just about one month ago.
Several other units will also vie for the coveted crown including the Young Achievers, Harpy Eagles, Rosehall Jammers, Pocket Rocket, Essequibo and Ricola among others. Meanwhile, woman middleweight boxer, Theresa London, leaves Guyana shortly to compete in the World Amateur Boxing Championships slated for South Korea, November 11-15.
She will be accompanied by AIBA Level Three coach, Terrence Poole, in the capacity of manager/coach. President of the GBA will also be in the oriental country to participate in the AIBA Congress scheduled for November 11-15.
He will also contest for an executive position on the parent body; this is after he was unanimously nominated by his Caricom colleagues when they met for a caucus in Barbados recently. The conference will also address other important matters pertaining to the sport including the new format which will see amateur boxers engaging in professional contests.
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