Saturday, 21 August 2010

Guyana's boxing team for Commonwealth Games

The Guyana Amateur Boxing Association (GABA) has named a three-man boxing team for the Commonwealth Games scheduled for New Delhi, India from October 3-14.

Central American and Caribbean (CAC) bronze medallist Dexter Jordan will make his Commonwealth Games debut along with 2008 junior Commonwealth Games silver medallist Clevlon Rock and 2010 CAC member Devon Boatswain.

Accompanying the boxers are GABA president Steve Ninvalle, who will be the manager of the team, and coach Terrence Poole.

Absent from that list is 2010 CAC bronze medallist Ray Sandiford, who is serving a four-month suspension due to indiscipline in Puerto Rico where the CAC Games were held.

Jordan, 20, will be fighting in the flyweight class.

He has an impressive record on the local scene with 121 wins and nine losses and this will be his second time representing Guyana.

Twenty-year-old Rock, who was the CAC team captain, will be looking to rebound from his first round exit from the CAC championships and reproduce his 2008 silver medal performance in Pune, India. He will be competing in 60kgs/lightweight category.

Aside from being the junior Commonwealth silver medallist, he is the national bantamweight champion (2006) and the national open and novices champion of 2010. For middleweight Boatswain, who also lost in the first round of the CAC tournament, this is the first time he will be going to the Commonwealth Games. He started boxing in 2006 at the Guyana Defence Force gym and among his achievements he is the two-time welterweight champion (2009) and national middleweight champion (2010).

Meanwhile, when Stabroek Sport spoke to Ninvalle yesterday he said that the GABA will be looking to have the boxers encamped shortly. He indicated also that the GABA wants the boxers to have the best preparation for the championships and so there will also be a nutritionist onboard while the boxers are encamped.


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