They are honing their skills in Berbice, miles away from their main fan base in Georgetown
but the three boxers preparing for the Rose Hall Town Showdown, scheduled for Saturday December 13 at the Rose Hall Ground, Berbice, are diligently addressing their tasks with fervour, intent on turning in their best performances.
Berbician, Kishawn Simon, faces of with former lightweight champion, Revlon Lake in an eight round jnr/welterweight encounter that has caught the imagination of pundits, while another Berbician, Derick Richmond, will tackle Romeo Norville over 6 rounds in a super/middleweight bout. The main bout is scheduled for 12 rounds between Berbician, Richard Williamson and Dilan Allicock and the winner will be crowned the new super/bantamweight champion of Guyana.
Fans will also be entertained with several other amateur bouts that will comprise a part of the card. The names of those boxers will be announced soon.
Kaieteur Sport paid an impromptu visit to the Pocket Rocket Boxing Gym, at the junctions of St Magdaline Street and Strand New Amsterdam, Thursday afternoon last and found the trio engaged in diligent training. The boxers are preparing under the guidance of former European middleweight champion, Howard ‘Battersea Bomber’ Eastman but in his absence that day, received expert advice from former bantamweight champion, Jeff Roberts.
Williamson donned gloves with Richmond and the two turned in several solid rounds that really was an indication of what fans could expect on fight night. Simon was also in action and boxed for several rounds before turning his attention to the speed ball, the heavy bag and then the skipping rope. Richmond and Richardson also complimented the sparring session with heavy bag work, pads work
and more than 15 minutes on with the jump rope.
All three Berbicians are spouting confidence and in the case of Richmond, who has scored a knockout over Norville when they clashed last year, he went further to offer a prediction. “The last time I stopped Norville in round three but this time I am in not in generous mood so I’ll finish it earlier,” he warned.
Indeed, the last time the two pugilists squared off, Richmond had launched a two fisted attack that had Norville drifting from one corner to the next until he sought refuge on the canvass for the full count. Norville had clamoured for a return and now that he has been granted his wish it would indeed be interesting to see if he will indeed grab it with both hands (no pun intended). Richmond has a balanced sheet of 3 wins, 3 losses and 1 draw while Norville had started his professional career with a victory but lost his way afterwards with 2 losses and 1 draw. He is training at the Harpy Eagles Boxing gym in Albouystown under James Walcott. He has the advantage since his trainer has felt the power of Richmond after being knocked out in the third round and would be better able to tutor him in counteracting strategies.
Williamson is a promising boxer but will require more than home advantage to get past Allicock, a young professional but a seasoned boxer. The Berbician displayed good techniques in his sparring sessions while over at the Forgotten Youth Foundation, Allicock is hard at work with victory on his mind. “I do my talking in the ring,” he blurted when asked for a prediction. In the meantime his work ethic is commendable and suggests that Williamson is in for a tough fight.
Simon has chalked up a record of 2 wins with a similar amount of losses. If there is anything that could be said of him it’s that he is super confident. He sparred a few rounds but it was on the overhead speed bag that he really accelerated. His timings are on cue and he appears fully fit. However, he is up against a wily foe in Lake and would do well to be extremely cautious. Yes, Lake has lost quite a few of his bouts but he packs a punch, something that Mark Austin discovered only after he had been flattened by a wicked left hook. Lake has just surrendered a fight by knockout to Trinidadian Prince Lee Isidore in Trinidad but is still a dangerous customer and Simon would do well to tread carefully in the imminent bout. An action packed duel is envisioned.
The fight will be an extra special holiday treat for the Berbicians since they have not witnessed a classical boxing card for quite some time. Admission is $2000 for the VIP section while general admission is $1000. Sponsors are Castle Hotel of New Amsterdam and Luxury Flats and Apartments, Fifth Street Alberttown, Georgetown.
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