One day after celebrating his 26th birth anniversary and approximately six months
after his failed attempt at Mexican, Johnny Gonsalves’ World Boxing Council World Featherweight Title, Clive ‘The Punisher’ Atwell gets another chance at a title when he steps in the ring tonight against unbeaten Australian pugilist, Kye Mackenzie, at the Hisense Arena, Melbourne Victoria Australia, for the International Boxing Federation (IBF) and World Boxing Organization (WBO) Asia Pacific Super Featherweight titles.
Atwell has recently travelled to Australia and has been hard at work, ably assisted by his countryman, Gary ‘Superman’ St Clair. Reports from Australia state that Atwell has been engaged in rugged training ever since his arrival in Australia and closed off sessions with some light sparring against Australia boxing super star Daniel Lewis.
Efforts to speak with Atwell were futile but Kaieteur Sport has been reliably informed that he is in good physical and mental shape for tonight’s encounter. “He is good and ready to win this fight,” the source confirmed.
Atwell has an impressive 12-1-1 record with 7 knockouts; his only loss was to Gonsalves while he fought local pugilist, Mark Austin to a draw. He has a 50% knockout ratio and would best be remembered for devastating knockout victories over Prince Lee Isadore for the WBCCABOFE Light/Welterweight title in October 2012 and Revlon Lake in December of that same year, for the local Lightweight title.
Atwell has also underlined his dominance when he out-boxed and outpunched Venezuelan, Rafael Hernandez in April last year to add the WBCCABOFE Featherweight title to his collection.
He rattled off two more victories against local pugilist, Anson Green (KO 3) and Jamaican, Glenroy Beckford (KO 2) before taking on Gonzalves in a bout that was halted by the ringside doctor after a clash of heads where Gonsalves came out the worse with a cut over his eye.
He retained his title after the fight was decided on the judges’ score card up to the termination of the bout. Atwell will be out to reverse his fortunes tonight. (Michael Benjamin)
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