T&T's hard-hitting lightweight Prince Lee Isidore walked away with the World Boxing Federation's (WBF) International title on Saturday night by beating Venezuela's Antoni Armas by split decision at the Woodbrook Youth Facility.
Isidore who admitted to not entering a boxing ring for the past months was as rusty as he expected and absorbed freely some early punches from the speedy Armas as he tried to find his rhythm. The Venezuelan caught him napping on numerous occasions, causing him to be coached to comfort by his coach Bharrath Ramoutar.
But Isidore settled in the fourth round and the rest was history thereafter, as the normally aggressive Isidore pounded his opponent for the rest of the fight. Afterwards, Isidore said, "I think it was a really competitive fight. My opponent really came to win and not just to collect a payday, because I became frustrated early because of the shots Armas was landing freely in the first three rounds. But once I settled, I took the fight to him and won it eventually."
Isidore told Guardian Media Sports he hopes the card and his result will land him more big fights in the future, saying his goal is to win a world title with one of the more popular sanctioning bodies such as WBC or WBA.
The card was the first in a desperate attempt by promoter and coach Ramoutar and the Lion Stone Boxing Promotion of Las Vegas to revive professional boxing in T&T. A four-bout undercard featured an equally entertaining affair with Kertson Manswell also making a welcome return with a victory over Kenneth Bishop of Fine Line Fight Factory in a heavyweight contest.
Manswell, the bulky Tobago-born fighter who ruled in the heavyweight division for many years, outpunched his opponent for a unanimous decision victory.
And later Carlos Suarez, the T&T Olympic fighter added to his short record as a professional fighter by beating Venezuelan Dallan Llovera in a six-round flyweight division contest.
Kevon Diaz def Iwan Azore by unanimous decision
Carlos Suarez def Dallan Llovera by split decision
Joel Mc Crea def Nigel 'Cow' Edwards by unanimous decision
Kertson Manswell def Kenneth Bishop by unanimous decision
Prince Lee Isidore def Antoni Armas by split decision