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Money woes hamper boxers’ travel
There were mixed emotions when the sport of boxing concluded its programme for the year at the Cosmic Boxing Gym in Marabella on Saturday.
A scheduled card that brought out high quality boxing led to great reviews, but laughter turned into tears on learning that a 15-member Elite team en route to the Caribbean Championship in St Lucia, December 13-16 will not be making the trip again due to financial challenges faced by the Ministry of Sports and the Sports Company of T&T.
Cecil Forde, president of the T&T Boxing Association received the dreaded news recently but said although he was saddened by this new development, his fighters will continued their preparation for future tournaments.
The team included Olympian Nigel Paul who has had most of his fights outside of T&T due to insufficient boxers in his Super Heavyweight weight division and Michael Alexander, the country’s Olympic hopeful in the 60kg category. Others on the team are Jesse Beckles (64kg), Brendon Dennis (91kg), Joshua Sylvester (Youth 64kg), Nickell Joseph (Youth 69kg), Tyron Thomas (Youth 75kg), Tyrone St Clair (Youth 81 kg), Nyrell Hosein (Junior 49kg), Blessing Waldropt (Junior 57-60kg), Tianna Guy (Novice 60-64kg), Angelique Quevedo (Elite 50-54kg) and referees/judges David Brown, Michel Agard and Latoya Providence.
Meanwhile, there were gold medal performances from a number of T&T boxers on the final day at the Marabella facility. Looked on by an appreciative crowd, Dennis who has been impressive to national selectors for 2017, received gold when he prevailed over Andrew Fermin, while Shakir Flemming, the Cosmic fighter reigned supreme over Shem Gloud of Defence Force for the top award.
Also in winners row on the night, were Aaron Prince (Prince Gladiators), Aaron Hassette (Defence Force), Alexander (Defence Force), Christopher De Freitas (Defence Force), Kevin Ramdeo (Cosmic) and Tianna Guy of Fine Line Fight Club among many others.
Guy was later adjudged Best Woman Fighter and Hassette the Best Elite. The top novice award went to Kyle Mitchell (Trumpet Boxing) with Waldropt being voted the best Junior and Thomas the best Youth. The Defence Force also took the best Team award with Biomel and Cosmic following closely behind
Elite 91kg Gold Brendon Dennis - Will Power Boxing Gym
Sliver Andrew Fermin - Defence Force
Elite 81kg Gold Shakir Flemming - Cosmic Boxing Gym
Sliver Shem Gloud - Defence Force
Elite 75 kg Gold Aaron Prince - Prince Gladiators
Sliver Tyrell Cadette - YTC Conquerors
Elite 69kg Gold Aaron Hassette – Defence Force
Sliver Romel Lezama – YTC Conquerors
Elite 64kg Gold Michael Alexander – Defence Force
Sliver Jesse Beckles – Cosmic Boxing Gym
Bronze David Francique – Defence Force
Elite 60kg Gold Christopher De Feitas – Defence Force
Sliver Levi Francis – Defence Force
Elite 49kg Gold Kevin Ramdeo – Cosmic Boxing
Sliver Kevin Persadie – YTC Conquerors
64kg Gold Tianna Guy – FineLine Fight Factory
Sliver Samara Carimbocas – BoomBang Boxing Gym
Youth 81kg Gold Jeremiah Thomas - Trumpet Boxing
Sliver Joseph Beckles – Biomel Boxing
Bronze Tyrell St. Clair - Biomel Boxing
Youth 75kg Gold Tyron Thomas – Golden Fist Boxing Gym
Sliver Nickell Joseph - Siparia Boxing Gym
Youth 69kg Gold Joshua Slyvester - Biomel Boxing
Sliver Mitchell Yohan - Biomel Boxing
Bronze Josiah Hunte – YTC Conquerors
Novice 91kg Gold Kyle Mitchel - Trumpet Boxing
Sliver Joe Tannous - BoomBang Boxing
Novice 64kg Gold Aiden St George – Cosmic Boxing
Sliver Michael Johnson – Biomel Boxing
Junior 46kg Gold Tyrique Hosein - Biomel Boxing
Sliver Roshad Khan - Fineline Fight
Junior 60kg Gold Blessing Waldropt – Biomel Boxing
Sliver Blessing Cortez – Biomel Boxing
Bronze Jacob Polaski – Warro
Junior 44kg Gold Abdul Taylor - Biomel Boxing