‘The Kid’, ‘Coolie Bully’ and ‘Cobra’ for January 20 boxing card

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The Guyanese trio Dexter ‘The Kid’ Marques, Elton ‘Coolie Bully’ Dharry and Dexter ‘Cobra’ Gonsalves will form part of a Guyana Boxing Board of Control (GBBC) boxing card, slated for January 20 at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.

Marques, the reigning CABOFE and Guyana Flyweight champion, will headline the card against a Venezuelan opponent, and this fight is seen as a warm-up for his Commonwealth title shot against Jay Harris of Wales on March 31 at the Copperbox Arena.

Marques is the mandatory challenger for Harris, who is the current Commonwealth Flyweight title holder. That fight is being promoted by Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions.

“Since Dexter will be the underdog in that match, we expect that his rigorous training will be put on display on January 20 at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall as he prepares for the fight that could change his life, and give Guyana its next world title,” the GBBC said in a statement.

Marques currently has a record of 16-2-0, and is unbeaten in his last eight fights. His last defeat was against Dharry in May 2011.

Dharry, the WBC CABOFE and IBF Inter-Continental Bantamweight champion, is also listed to appear on the card and no doubt the fiery pugilist would want extend his unbeaten run, which is currently at 18 fights, his last defeat way back in 2009.

With a record of 21-5-1, the reigning Guyana Bantamweight champion, who is based in USA, will fight in Guyana for the first time since February 2016. Dharry and Gonsalves are slated to fight opponents out of neighbouring Venezuela. The names of those fighters will be made public shortly.

Gonsalves will also use the upcoming fight as preparation for a clash against Bahamas Lightweight champion Meacher Major, and once the result goes his way the Guyanese could be in with a shot at the Commonwealth title, the GBBC said.

“The GBBC continues to support the amateur ranks and create a path for young fighters as the card will also feature four fighters from the Venezuelan amateur team putting their pugilistic skills and patriotism on the line against top Guyanese amateur fighters,” the GBBC release stated.

It added, “Fans are encouraged to come out in support of this inter-country rivalry which could test the limits of our local fighters as they go up against the very best that Venezuela has to offer. Tickets will be on sale at the Giftland Stores and Assuria General Insurance offices in Georgetown, Diamond, Berbice, Parika and Vreed-en-Hoop.” 

Further information on the card can be had from the GBBC on 226-9236 or 226-9245 or NexGen Global Marketing Services on 668-7419 or 645-0944 or 231-0861.

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