Boxing promoter Randy Glasgow is urging the T&T Boxing Board of Control (TTBBC), being led by Barry Ishmael, to ease the troubles boxers encounter to receive licenses to become professional fighters in T&T.
Glasgow zeroed in specifically on the police record requirement which he described as a huge hindrance for many potential fighters attempting to emerge from impoverished situations to something significant in the world of boxing.
Glasgow's call comes amidst feverish attempts by members of the Sea Lots community to bring an end to the unwanted violence by encouraging young men to put down their guns and pick up a pair of boxing gloves.
Glasgow has been an instrumental part of this initiative and has come up with the idea of well-known Soca artistes Trinidad Killa (Kern Joseph) and Swappi (Marvin Davis) engaging in a boxing match next month to promote the possibilities that young people from depressed areas in T&T may have through sports and through boxing.
One boxing official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said to receive a professional boxing license: "The fighter goes into the Board, present his ID, photos of himself and a police record. They are also asked to fill out a form and pay a fee of $100.
"If the boxer is an amateur now turning a professional, then he will be required to walk with a letter from his amateur coach outlining his credentials."
It is unsure whether any fighter in the past has received difficulty in getting a professional boxing license, but Glasgow said he made his position very clear during a conversation with an official of the TTBBC on Friday.
According to Glasgow: "In discussion with the TTBBC official, with immediate effect, they need to revise and look at the laws pertaining to the granting of boxing licenses to individuals.
"One of the requirements listed is that you must have a clean police character or record and all over the world boxers come from different backgrounds and so on, so you will hardly find someone who wants to box with a clean personal record like a priest or whatever the case may be.
"So they may need to revisit what qualifies you to get a professional boxing license."
Glasgow is no stranger to the criteria needed for boxers to become professionals, having promoted many fights more than 10 years ago. He told Guardian Media Sports on Sunday, he pulled away from the sport then because of a perceived breakdown in the system, where quality fighters were not being produced to promote.
His decision to work with the Sea Lots boxing project is not as yet an indication that he will be returning to promotional boxing in T&T, as he prefers to take things one step at a time, he said.
He is currently the driving force behind arrangements to have the Swappi/Trinidad Killa fight a pay-per-view initiative either in Sea Lots or at the National Academy for the Performing Arts (NAPA) in Port-of-Spain.
Glasgow believes an ease for boxers to receive professional licenses will be in the sport's own interest because of the background of many fighters.
He said, "This is very important because men box in prison because that's what they learned. So how can you want to box but you cannot get a license because you have a little record.
"If you want to mend the situation and encourage boxing, then you have to look at those things. My word to the TTBBC is to revisit that and see what can be done to make it easier for the guys to get a professional boxing license."