Oct 03, 2015 Sports
By Michael Benjamin
The world famous, Gleasons Gym attracts boxers from all over the word and is usually a hive of activity. Situated on Front Street, Brooklyn NY, this gym has molded a host of world champions and contenders and has earned its reputation as the home of world beaters.
Over the past week, Clive Atwell has added his name to the illustrious crew of fighters that seek to hone their skills at this institution in preparation for important fights. The Guyanese champion arrived at the North America based institution last Sunday morning and commenced training sessions two days later. Atwell had utilized the services at this gym when he fought former World Boxing Council (WBC) featherweight champion, Johnny Gonzalez, for that title and had benefitted immensely despite his eventual loss; he is back to pick up from where he left off.
Yesterday Atwell engaged in several rounds on the heavy punching bag as well as a similar number of rounds engaged in shadow boxing drills. Later, he sat with his coaches, Leon Moore and Dillon Carew for discussions pertaining to his strategic approaches.
Atwell said that he is training diligently because he is aware of his opponent’s Dexter Gonsalves’ ability. “I have seen him in action against (Revlon) Lake and (Mark) Austin and I know that he is a dangerous fighter and I am not taking chances,” said Atwell.
Meanwhile, Gonsalves, unable to travel to the Gleasons Gym right now, is at the Forgotten Youth Foundation and ironically, he was also pounding away on the heavy bag under the tutelage of Sebert Blake and Joseph Murray. He also regards this fight as a very important one and is really digging deep to come out victorious. He engaged in several rounds of sparring and if one is to gauge his intentions from his work yesterday, fans could look forward to a truly entertaining and action packed bout. The irony continues when Murray and Blake engaged their charge in strategic discussions moments after wrapping up sessions.
In other action, Quincy Gomes will match gloves with Anson Greene in a 6 rounds welterweight affair in the main supporting bout. Former national amateur bantamweight champion, Imran Khan will make his debut against David Thomas over 4 rounds in the lightweight category, while Keeve Allicock will go after Stephon Gouveia in a featherweight fight over 4 rounds.
There are also four amateur bouts where Republican, Nankumar Singh will be up against Kellon King in a lightweight match while Harpy Eagles representative, Travis Hubbard tackles Orin Bancroft in another lightweight (youth) encounter. Glenroy Smith (EBG) will match gloves with Republican, Clifton Graham in a welterweight bout, while Tefon Green (GDF) and Dexter Wray (REP) will square off in an Elite Flyweight contest.
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