There is no longer any need for speculation; Quincy ‘Biggy’ Small arrived in Guyana early yesterday morning from his New York base and will definitely be a main feature when the Guyana Boxing Association (GBA) stages the National Open Boxing Championships at the M&CC Municipal Centre, East Ruimveldt from Friday October 24 to Sunday 26.
Small, the younger sibling of former WBC light/heavyweight champion, Wayne ‘Big Truck’ Braithwaite, touched down at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Timehri yesterday morning and immediately signaled his intentions, “I am here to win by any means necessary; I did not come to lose.”
Sporting a physique common to bodybuilders, Small expressed this and other sentiments when Kaieteur Sport visited at his Grove EBD location yesterday morning. He said that he has been honing his skill at the world famed Gleason’s Gym, Front Street Brooklyn, under the tutelage of former Olympian, now a qualified trainer, Dillon Carew.
He said that he left Guyana some 16 years ago at the tender age of 10 but has not lost any of his Guyanese roots. Small only donned gloves earlier this year while living in Wisconsin. He said that he was impressed with the feats of his brother, Wayne, and ventured into a small boxing gym in Wisconsin early last year where he was introduced to the intricacies of the fistic sport. He said that he decided to enter the ring earlier this year and was encouraged to continue after winning his first bout.
“I would have commenced my career since last year but there were few boxers in my weight at the lower level so I decided to compete in the Open Category and that’s when the fights started to roll in,” Small confided. Encouraged by his early successes Small said that he entered the State Golden Gloves Championships in March this year and won the heavyweight title. He then attempted to replicate the feat in a similar level competition, one that encompassed a more qualitative level of participants, and he lost in the finals to a more seasoned contender, Greg Lewis. “This guy is a veteran and had been boxing at this level for more than 5 years,” explained Small.
The heavyweight pugilist then moved over to the Gleason’s Gym where he started sessions with Carew. He also acknowledged support received from Leon ‘Hurry Up’ Moore while at the Brooklyn based training facility. “I really learnt a lot from Dillon (Carew) and Leon (Moore),” confided Small. He said that he is a power puncher and he shrugged aside technical aspects of the sport in place of his power punches. “All of this changed when I started working with Carew and I am now a more rounded fighter,” explained Small. Accordingly, he said has learned to use his jabs effectively in order to set up his combinations and he intends to give local boxing fans a treat. The loss to Greg Lewis is the only blemish to his fledgling career which reads 6-1.
Fans will want to visit the arena to see Small in action but are promised added entertainment when pugilists from several local gyms clash for championship honours and of course, bragging rights. Those gyms include Young Achievers, Harpy Eagles, Forgotten Youth Foundation, Essequibo, Rose Hall Town Jammers, Pocket Rocket Boxing Gym and Carryll’s Boxing Gym among others.
Action time is 20:00hrs sharp and admission is $400 and $200 for adults and children respectively.
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