The rafters that supported the heavy punching bag rattled under the pressure as
Quincy ‘Biggy’ Small pounded away on the heavy punching bag at the Andrew ‘Sixhead’ Boxing Gym, Independence Boulevard, on Tuesday afternoon last. Small is here in Guyana from his Brooklyn NY base to compete in the National Open Boxing Championships scheduled to get underway at the M&CC Municipal Centre, California Square East Ruimveldt tomorrow evening with added action Saturday and Sunday.
Shortly afterwards, the muscular super/heavyweight pugilist shifted his attention to other activities and under the tutelage of Leon ‘Hurry Up’ Moore, released his venom on the strike pads and if he transfers that attitude to the boxing ring, as he has promised to do, then boxing fans can expect a brutal encounter when he dons gloves on any or all of the competition nights.
Small appeared at a press conference held in the Main Street office of President of the Guyana Boxing Association (GBA), Steve Ninvalle, and spouted confidence of clinching the super/heavyweight title. He will not find it so easy though since he will have to get by the tough Republican pugilist, Jason ‘AK’ Barker, who has managed to build quite a reputation for himself after clinching the honours in the last staged National Open Championships.
At the press conference, Mr. Ninvalle explained that the tournament is very important to the boxers as the selectors will be looking for the most talented among the lot for representation at impending international tournaments and eventually the 2016 Brazil Olympics.
Tournament Director, Terrence Poole, supported his President and hinted that from all appearances, new champions could possibly emerge. He was basing his prediction on the quality of the boxers in the gyms as well as their performances during the Novices and Intermediate tournaments. Mr. Poole said that boxers will compete in 10 divisions in the elite category and these pugilists will now box devoid of the protective headgear; this in keeping with the new rules of the International Amateur Boxing Association (IABA).
However, the other categories would be exempted from this rule and will wear the protective gear. Additionally, IABA has agreed for elite boxers to use Cavelin Cream, a product that reduces the risks of cuts and bruises.
Participating boxers will be drawn from the nation’s top gyms including the Young Achievers, Harpy Eagles, Forgotten Youth Foundation, Essequibo, Rose Hall Town Jammers, Pocket Rocket Boxing Gym and Carryll’s Boxing Gym among others.
Several corporate entities have rendered support for the success of the tournament including the Ministry of Culture, Youth and Sports, Monty Profitt, Courts, B K International and Mike’s Pharmacy among others.
The weigh in for boxers out of Georgetown will be held this afternoon at the Andrew Lewis Boxing Gym while boxers out of Georgetown will conform to this criterion at 09:00hrs tomorrow morning, also at the same venue. Action time is 20:00hrs sharp and admission is $400 and $200 for adults and children respectively.
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