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Top T&T female boxers train in Florida
Three of T&T’s top female boxers arrived in Ft. Lauderdale on Wednesday to begin a three-week training camp. The team comprises of Chimere Taylor (captain), Stephanie Allen and Kimberly Jackson. They are accompanied by coach Ria Ramnarine and manager Corsilda Skeete.
The stint is aimed at preparing the women for international and regional competitions later on in the year. They are being trained by former four-time world boxing champion and now one of USA’s top female coaches, Bonnie Canino.
Local boxer and coach, Ria Ramnarine previously had several successful sessions with Canino and after discussions with the Amateur Boxing Association, it was decided that the local boxers will benefit greatly from the exposure of such a camp.
Canino expressed delight in being able to work with the boxers and has promised that they will benefit in all aspects of the game. She said she was not surprised that Taylor was captain of the team since her first impression of Taylor was her authoritative character which she demonstrates with her discipline as she trains which inspires her team mates. “Chimere has natural athletic abilities and the insight to copy what she sees, and has the potential to carry a lot of power with the proper guidance and conditioning”.
Canino nicknamed Allen the “Firecracker”, and believes Allen’s compact size at 48kg, is one of the largest weight classes for women worldwide and will give her the advantage in power in that division. “She attacks every drill that she is given with a drive I have seen in other successful champions. At this point she lacks condition and has to be pushed, but I think it comes from being the “baby” of the team. By continuously challenging her and teaching her proper training methods, she could be a champion”, said Canino.
When asked about the youngest member, 16-year-old Jackson, Canino said Jackson had a slick look. “Her long arms give her the ability to snap her punches and be very quick in her attacks while keeping the opponent at a distance. She is lacking upper body strength but that will develop as she matures as she is still very young and has already shown that she wants to be number one. As with the others, and every athlete, proper guidance and instruction of the proper techniques throughout her development is important.”
The team was in camp six weeks before travel at the Cosmic Boxing Gym in Marabella under the guidance of coach Anthony Waterman, and at Fine Line Fight Factory under the care of Bharrath Ramoutar and Ramnarine. Waterman has been head coach of the female team for some time but it is the first time that Ramoutar and Ramnarine are working closely with the young ladies.
After six weeks at Fine Line, Ramoutar indicated that he is pleased with improvement he has seen and while there is a lot of work still to be done, he is convinced that the women are more than capable of medalling at the big games.
Giving her views on the camp thus far, Taylor said she was very excited about all the new ideas and techniques demonstrated to her already. “In just three days, my eyes have been opened to new methods and techniques of both offence and defence. Some of the drills we have done so far are very new and interesting.
The track work has also been different. I believe the hill training we did with coach Ramoutar has helped in my conditioning and I saw that on the tracks with Bonnie. The coach here has been great and so have members of her team. We had a lot of women and even guys to spar with on Saturday. They came in different heights, weights, stances and styles. I am looking forward to the rest of the camp”.
The T&T women got the opportunity to work with several world boxing champions including Yvonne Reis, Ada Velez and Melissa Hernandez.
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