Hard-hitting T&T lightweight boxer Prince Lee Isidore will clash with Venezuela's Antoni Armas for the vacant World Boxing Federation (WBF) International title tonight at the Woodbrook Youth Centre, from 7 pm. It will be a 10-round contest.
Both fighters weighed in a 135 pounds yesterday at the National Boxing Gym at the Hasely Crawford Stadium in Mucurapo, not too far from where tonight's feature encounter of a five-bout card will be taking place. But after not being in the ring for the past months, the T&T fighter is more than eager to display his skills, despite not knowing anything about his opponent.
He admitted this in an interview yesterday, saying he believes knowing about your opponent can be unnecessary sometimes. "Not knowing makes it easy, as you will not overthink the fight. You will stick to what you know and adjust accordingly." Isidore who only resumed training only when he found out about the fight said- "By not knowing sometimes, you learn little quirks that fighters have, but to me it's unnecessary. I am never really the type of person to look at fights, because any good fighter will always try to get better, and not try to look the way they looked the last time."
The Isidore, Armas encounter is the feature fight on a mouth-watering card that comprises former T&T heavyweight boxer Kertson Manswell up against Keneth Bishops. The latter who labelled his opponent as baby food two weeks ago, this time teased the bulky-born fighter with a bottle of Gerber baby food.
Manswell, who last entered the ring in 2018 at an MMA contest with T&T's Jeremy Rudolfo of TT, shook off the jest with a mean look that highlighted his intent today.
Also on the card T&T's 2012 Olympic boxer Carlos Suarez who turned pro two years ago, will come up against Venezuela's Dallan Llovera in a six-round flyweight fight, while Iwan Azore and Kevon Diaz will face-off in a middleweight bout.
Also on the card will be an equally interesting encounter between Nigel 'Cow' Edwards and Joel Mc Crae in a catchweight contest of over 180 pounds. The bout replaces the Sheldon Lawrence and Selwyn Guy fight which was considered a mismatch by officials of the T&T Boxing Board of Control.
On the heels of calls by the T&T Boxing Association (TTBA) for the removal of the Board after a card a month ago was called off, in what TTBA officials said was victimisation, a staff at the boxing board told Guardian Media Sports that in seeking to ensure international best practice in the sport, that Guy was considered unfit to fight.
The decision was based on a number of factors, such as the boxer's age (over 50), the last time he fought which was back in 2014 and was knocked down, Lawrence's age and lethal punching power, and advice from international boxing pundits.
Kevon Diaz v Iwan Azore (154 lbs) - 6 rounds
Joel McCrae v Nigel "Cow" Edwards - 8 rounds
Kennet Bishop vs Kertson manswell - 8 rounds
Carlos Suarez vs Dallan Llovera - 6 rounds