Amateur boxing returns to Siparia on Friday.
After a two-year absence, boxing is back as part of the Siparia Borough Regional Corporation Festival.
Fight time is 7 p.m. at the Siparia Regional Corporation. And next Wednesday the action shifts to Point Fortin from 7 p.m. at Cheetah’s Bar in New Lands.
The Trinidad and Tobago Amateur Boxing Association has also planned cards at the Arima Borough Festival, Chaguanas Borough Festival and also San Fernando City week.
Both cards this weekend and next week, will involve some of Trinidad and Tobago’s top amateur boxers. They are using the cards as warm-ups for the upcoming Pan American qualifiers. This will be a final chance to make the T&T team. The qualifiers are set for June 4-9 in Tijuana, Mexico. The selected boxers leave on May 10, for a four-week live-in camp in Havana, Cuba.
To date, 15 boxers are on the short-list for selection to the T&T team for the Pan Am qualifiers. These include Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Michael Alexander, as well as experienced boxers Andrew Fermin, Aaron Prince and Aaron Cumberbatch who have been part of several T&T national teams.
Also in the initial squad are Christopher De Freitas, Anthony Joseph , Jean–Paul Cooper, Jude Franklin, Justin Parris, Christian Mc Donald, Chimere Taylor, Ingle Charles, Stephanie Allen, Patrice Kalloo, and Kimberly Jackson.