Guyana Boxing Board of Control ‘Hostile Territory’…
By Michael Benjamin
Guyana’s main hope at securing that elusive gold medal at the 2016 Brazil Olympics, Dennis ‘The
Menace’ Thomas, will comprise a main part of the amateur segment when the Guyana Boxing Board of Control (GBBC) boxing extravaganza, dubbed ‘Hostile Territory,’ gets underway at the Giftland Office Max Mall, Liliendaal ECD February 27.
The lanky policeman will face off with Guyana Defence Force representative, Desmond Amsterdam, in a three rounds exhibition in the middleweight division in what is anticipated to be a keen slugfest. Both boxers have earned a call up to the Olympics Qualifiers slated for Argentina next month and will relish this opportunity to hone their skills while garnering valuable ring work.
Junior welterweight fighters, Jason Phillips and Nankumar Singh will also add to the entertainment when they face off in what has been regarded as a grudge match. Singh is well known for his aggressive approach to fights, all action packed encounters, while Phillips has shown immense improvements since engaging in a short training stint in neighbouring Venezuela recently. These two pugilists are rated as the best in their division and this fight should establish the best of the best. Fans can anticipate the keen rivalry.
Delon Charles and Clairmonte Gibson are also scheduled to clash over three rounds in the final amateur fight of the night. Charles has had several overseas sojourns in St Lucia and French Guiana recently where he enjoyed some successes. He dominated his St Lucian opponent but failed to replicate the performance in the French speaking country. Gibson, on the other hand, has shown great improvement over the past months and this bout promises to be highly entertaining with both pugilists anxious to lay claims of being the better.
Otherwise, fans have been assured of competitive action when the professional boxers take to the ring half an hour after the final amateur bout. The main bout will pit the skills of International Boxing Federation (IBF) Inter-Continental Bantamweight champion, Elton ‘The Bully’ Dharry, up against top Panamanian boxer, Israel Hidrogo, in a 10 rounds bantamweight duel.
Former local bantamweight champion, Dexter Marques, is scheduled to do battle with Venezuelan, Freddy Baleno in a 10 rounds flyweight fight while Imran Khan and Quincy Gomes battle it out in a 6 rounds lightweight affair. Barbadian, Miguel Antoine is also expected in Guyana to oppose Barbados based Guyanese, Revlon Lake in a return welterweight fight over 8 rounds. Antoine had prevailed when the two last met in Trinidad and Tobago and Lake has since vowed to avenge the loss. The card opener will see Mandessa Moses, back in the ring after a prolonged hiatus, matching gloves with Ansilla Norville over 4 rounds.
Meanwhile, Dharry is honing his skills at the world renowned Gleasons Gym, Brooklyn NY, under the tutelage of former Commonwealth champion and world rated fighter, Lennox Blackmore. The overseas contingent is expected in the country on February 23 and fans will get an opportunity to access their worth.
The locally based fighters are all engaged in intense training at the Forgotten Youth Foundation (FYF), the Andrew Lewis Boxing Gym and the Harpy Eagles Boxing Gym, all in the Albouystown area.
The card is being promoted by Giftland Office Max and its representative, Karen Agtarap, assured that her executives are working assiduously to ensure that all systems are in place for a qualitative, action packed card.
President of the GBBC, Peter Abdool, supported the Giftland Office Max official and said that his team is 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 the venue as a permanent one for future cards.
Dharry and Marques have been given added incentives for winning as, once successful in the impending fights, they will fight for Commonwealth titles against English fighters, tentatively set for May 21. Admission is $5,000 for a ringside seat while general seating costs $2,000.
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