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Jackson impresses at Florida Gym
T&T’s top youth female boxer, Kimberly Jackson, impressed onlookers at the Oakland Boxing Gym on Saturday afternoon when she matched gloves against Italian Laura Incarnato. The 16-year-old Siparia native is part of a five-member team currently in camp in Ft Lauderdale, Florida at the Canino’s Karate and Boxing Studio. The boxers are being trained by four-time world champion and USA national coach, Bonnie Canino.
Utilising every avenue possible for the T&T women to achieve maximum benefits from the camp, Canino called upon some of her US colleagues and arranged the sparring session at the Oakland Gym. It is customary for coaches to take their charges to different gyms in order to prepare them physically as well as mentally.
“I have arranged for sparring partners from different gyms for the T&T girls. While some of the sessions will take place at my gym, quite a few are also scheduled to take place at different gyms throughout the Ft Lauderdale and Miami area. This will also test the girls on the mental side of training. Kimberly did very well against her older opponent, and showed qualities to be a champion. She has long arms and used her height and reach very well. She’s already showing improvement from a week ago, and I also see her areas that need to be strengthened,” said Canino.
Jackson’s opponent is 30 years old and has been training about five years. Incarnato said she was very happy to spar the Trinidadian and looks forward to another session.
“I have been training about five years, though on and off between Italy and Florida. Now I am dedicating my time to my boxing and it is a privilege for me to work with someone from another country,” said the Italian.
Team coach Ria Ramnarine said Jackson was very relaxed and showed no signs of nervousness. “If Kimberly was in any way nervous or anxious, she gave absolutely no indication. She stepped up to the task and it was very much like a competition bout, well except that it was three-minute rounds. Both girls were trying to keep ahead of each other and they both had great exchanges. While Laura had the upper hand in power, Kimberly used her jab and the ring really very well. Other sparring sessions has already been arranged for this week and we are all looking forward to working with as many boxers here as possible.”
One day before, team captain Chimere Taylor had a “test” against firefighter/boxer Tonya Cook. Cook was slightly shorter than Taylor but stocky and strong. She fought Mexican-style while Taylor used long shots and good ring movement. The first round was somewhat slow for the T&T boxer but she took full control after that as she started landing good left hooks and straight rights. There was one moment of concern as an old injury was aggravated and Taylor grimaced in discomfort. However, she shrugged it off and continued with the rest of the session.
Mini-Flyweight Stephanie Allen was not left out of the action. On Saturday morning she did ten hard rounds against five opponents, including three world champions. Giving away height and reach to everyone, Allen gamely used her entire arsenal and came away with a lot of experience.
Manager of the team, Corsilda Skeete, said she was very impressed with the attitude and aptitude of the USA boxers.
“They work very hard with our girls. They don’t just spar or train with the team, but they are always encouraging them or showing something new. A lot of them are world champions or highly-ranked boxers, so they share both their experiences and expertise,” she said.
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