By Avenash Ramzan
The Giftland Mall, which produced a brilliant spectacle last year when the first boxing card was held there, is set to wow fans again in February when the entity partners with the Guyana Boxing Board of Control (GBBC) to stage what can safely be dubbed an international slug fest.
The five-fight card will feature a Bajan, a Venezuelan and a Panamanian, as well as two Guyanese fighters, who reside in Trinidad and Tobago and the United States of America.
USA-based Guyanese Elton “Coolie Bully” Dharry will form one half of the feature contest, as he is slated to trade punches with Panama’s Israel Hibrigo.
The 10-round bantamweight showdown on February 27 will serve as a warm-up for Dharry ahead of a British Commonwealth fight on May 21.
Dharry would no doubt look to extend his current record, which stands at 19 wins, 12 by way of knockout, five losses and one draw. He will enter the ring on the strength of a 16-bout winning streak, stretching way back to 2010.
The main supporting bout will be a Guyana versus Venezuela thriller, as local boy Dexter Marques will face off with his neighbouring Spanish-speaking rival Freddie Beleno in a 10-round flyweight fight.
Marques, currently boasting six wins on the trot, has a record of 14 victories (5 KOs) and two defeats, while Beleno has 26 wins (15 KOs) and 10 losses, including seven in his last seven fights, dating back to 2008.
In the other fights, Trinidad and Tobago-based Guyanese Revlon Lake will face Miguel Antoine of Barbados in an eight-round welterweight clash; Imran “Magic” Khan will meet Quincy Gomes in a 135lbs all Guyanese contest; while Mandessa Moses will collide Anselle Norville in a four-round bantamweight.
Admission to the venue is $5,000 ringside and $3,000 outer ringside. (Reprinted from Guyana Times)