The much anticipated fourth annual Caribbean Schoolboys and Junior Boxing Tournament is set for these shores from August 16-18 at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.
Preparations for this mega Event for young pugilists around the Caribbean is intensifying from the local Boxers hoping to make the team and the Guyana Boxing Association (GBA) is moving full steam ahead.
The GBA has organised weekend encampments which began on July 14 and the boxers are being accommodated at the National Gymnasium.
The 19 youngsters are going through their paces under the watchful eyes of the experienced Lennox Daniels, Sebert Blake, Clive Atwell and Clifton Moore and hope to impress their Coaches and gain selection on the team which is aiming to mount a strong defence of their three-time title.
On Saturday last, the work began at 6:00am with Daniels and Atwell taking the boxers through their paces with the emphasis on fitness and endurance.
At end of the session, Daniels, from a military background, told the aspiring youths that he was thought about discipline and taking orders adding that if you don’t listen you will never learn.
“I am doing this because of the love for the Sport. The first time I took a team overseas was in 1988 and they were your age so I am enjoying my time with you since now I have come full circle.”
Daniels was cleared of any wrong doing after the disappearance of Duane Crandon and Eusi Watkins, while on their way back from the Pan-American Box-off. Daniels was the Manager/Coach when the Boxers absconded in Miami while on their way back to Guyana.
Daniels, who first spotted GBA’s Technical Director and National Boxing Coach Terrence Poole potential as a Coach, told the group of youngsters, which included a female, a bit about his exploits as Coach while stressing the importance of hard work.
Daniels Coached Guyana’s world ranked pugilist Leon ‘Hurry Up’ Moore, Andrew Murray and Guyana’s female world Champion Gwendolyn O’Neil during his long and distinguished Career.
The 29-year-old Clive Atwell held the National Featherweight and Lightweight Title and WBC CABOFE Super Lightweight and Featherweight crowns when his boxing Career came a screeching halt at Giftland Mall in November 2016 after he fell to canvas in a fight with Dexter Gonzales resulting in two brain surgeries.
On Saturday he looked happy to be still involved as a Coach and told the youngsters about the importance of reasonability as both Coaches had a wonderful rapport with the boxers.
Journalist Sean Devers, who trained with the boxers on Saturday, represented Guyana in Cricket and was invited by Daniels to say a few words to the youths in his capacity as a former National sportsperson.
Devers told the boxers of the importance of building strong Minds which develops will-power and what makes a successful young sportsperson.
“Skill is good but the strength of your mind is more important along with a willingness to work hard, how much miles you put in on the road, how much Gym work you do,” said Devers, who was a member of both Youth and senior National Cricket Squads in the 1980s and 90s.
“Run early in the mornings during the week when are not here, go to Gym and spar. Push yourself and remember that you have to go through pain to gain and that when, it you are fit and your body wants to give up, your mind will say no way. That’s called willpower, if you get hit don’t quit and remind yourself why are in the ring…to win or a least to give your best effort,” Devers added.
Next Sunday they will move over to the ‘Six heads’ Gym in Albouystown were they will do ring work and both Coaches said the Steven Ninvalle Administration is doing an excellent job.
“They come in Friday afternoons and spend the weekend. They get three meals, whatever they ask for they usual get, while at least two Coaches stay with them. We even had phycology taught at one session,” the Coaches informed.
Daniels said there is a lot of work since some of the boxers don’t have all of the basics skills of boxing but they are young and the Coaches can’t put too much pressure on them.
“I think they are working hard but I am abit disappointed that there are not more youngsters here. They are many Gyms in Guyana but we have not seen many boxers from Berbice, West Dem or Essequibo,” Daniels noted.
But for the veteran Coach they are positives and he believes if everyone boxes to their best Guyana should successfully defend their title this year.
“I have seen some talent here that if properly developed they could go all the way but it is also up to them to want to improve, Moore, Howard and Pompey are some of the names I could mention,” Daniels said.
Ninvalle says the Camp is going well and informed that Massy Stores has helped with some food for the encampment but more Massys being are encouraged to come on board.
Ninvalle informed that tickets are on sale from tomorrow and can be purchased from any GBA executive or contact him on telephone number 624-6699.
The Championships is scheduled to commence at 18:00hrs and Ringside cost $1,500, Stands $500 and season tickets (every day) cost $4,000.
Some of the competing Countries include Barbados, Grenada, St Lucia, Puerto Rico and Venezuela.
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