All systems in place as boxers affix signatures to their contracts
Promoters organise boxing cards but the boxing matches are not authenticated until the boxers affix their signatures to their respective contracts. Yesterday afternoon several boxers trooped to the Avenue of the
Republic offices of Abdool and Abdools Insurance Brokers and affixed their signatures to their respective contracts for the Guyana Boxing Board of Control (GBBC) boxing extravaganza, dubbed ‘Hostile Territory’ at the Giftland Office Max Mall, Liliendaal ECD February 27.
Those in attendance were Dexter Marques, scheduled to do battle with Venezuelan, Freddy Baleno in a 10 rounds flyweight fight, Imran Khan and Quincy Gomes, who fights in a 6 rounds lightweight affair.
Mandessa Moses will match gloves with Ansilla Norville over 4 rounds and both principals were also at the signing ceremony. International Boxing Federation (IBF) Inter-Continental Bantamweight champion, Elton ‘The Bully’ Dharry, is expected in the country on February 23 to keep his ring date with top Panamanian boxer, Israel Hidrogo, in a 10 rounds bantamweight duel.
In the other preliminary bout, Barbados based Guyanese pugilist, Revlon Lake, will get an opportunity to avenge an earlier loss to Barbadian, Miguel Antoine when they clash over 10 rounds in the welterweight division.
Also, in what was obviously a slight move away from tradition, two amateur boxers, Jason Phillips and Nankumar Singh, featured at the press conference. They will duke in out over three rounds in what has been regarded as a grudge match. Three other amateur bouts will also comprise the card but the organisers are awaiting those submissions from the Guyana Boxing Association (GBA).
Meanwhile, President of the GBBC, Peter Abdool, presided over yesterday’s proceedings and shared the head table with (GBBC) official, Michael Fung, another board executive, Vikash Panday and Giftland Office Max representative, Karen Agtarap.
Mr. Abdool noted that the last card was held since October last year and ever since his executives have been working assiduously to put together a qualitative card. The GBBC boss said that the Giftland Office Max venue has made a significant difference in the attendance at the cards and they are in the process of establishing it (the venue) as the permanent venue for future cards.
He noted that the card will set the stage for the Commonwealth bantamweight title fight between Dharry and an English foe and even hinted that Marques may be pulled in for a shot at the Commonwealth flyweight title, also against another Englishman. Those fights are tentatively set for May 21.
Summing up his thoughts on the imminent card later this month, Mr. Abdool declared, “This will be an explosive card and fans will not want to miss it. Admission is $5000 for a ringside seat while general seating costs $2000. (Michael Benjamin)
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