The Guyana Boxing Association (GBA) in collaboration with Mc Donald’s Promotion will be staging the inaugural Patrick Forde Memorial Open Boxing Championship tonight at the National Gymnasium.
14 bouts including two female fights have been carded for the night which is being held to honour Forde, who was Guyana’s first boxer to fight for a world title, with boxers from Trinidad and Tobago, St. Lucia, Suriname and Guyana battling for supremacy from 19:00hrs.
Speaking at the press conference held yesterday at Hotel Tower, sister of the late Forde, Joy Massay said she is honoured to be part of the event and described her brother as an excellent boxer.
Lennox Forde, brother of Patrick Forde, spoke highly of his brother, stating that he was a simple person who always gave his best for his country. He added that he wants to see the sport re-live its glory days when Guyana had a number of world rated boxers.
Alford Mc Donald one of the sponsors of the event said, this is something he wanted to do for a very long time and one of the main objectives is to bring back the sport to what it was. “We want to make certain that present day boxers become knowledgeable of past boxers and one of the things we would like to see is Guyana winning an Olympic gold medal,” he added.
The main event of the evening pits Guyana’s Colin Lewis, the Caribbean light welterweight champion, against Nathan Ferrari of St. Lucia, while Guyana’s Keevin Allicock, silver medalist at the last youth Commonwealth games, will battle Christopher De Freitas of Trinidad and Tobago in a bantamweight bout. Christopher Moore of Guyana will match gloves with Toni Lin of Suriname in a lightweight fight, Desmond Amsterdam of Guyana will engage a Surinamese counterpart, Ann Joseph of Region One gym will come up against Abiola Jackman of Forgotten Youth Foundation (FYF) gym, Alnesha Jackman (FYF) will take on Telicia Rodney of Savannah Gym Region nine, while Omar Pollard of Pocket Rocket Gym will fight Junior Hyman of Vergenoegen Gym.
Conrad Hunte wished the boxers well and thanked the stakeholders before both Ferrari and Lewis expressed confidence of winning their fight.
President of the GBA Steve Ninvalle, thanked Tower Suites, Ministry of Social Cohesion and Star Party Rentals for their input. He informed that there has been an expansion of boxing in the decentralised areas of Guyana whereas gyms were recently opened in Lethem and Region one. Ninvalle stated that the pool of boxers is much more to choose from and said lots of excitement is anticipated. He urged the fans to support the event which is development for the Caribbean. He said that they intend to invite each and every Caribbean country later in the year.
Forde also won a Commonwealth featherweight title and was rated among the best in Guyana. Ringside costs $1,500 and stands $1,000. (Zaheer Mohamed)
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