Boxing champ ‘Too Sharp’ Allen accorded hero’s welcome

- Wants to defend title on home turf


USA-based Guyanese boxer Lennox ‘Too Sharp’ Allen arrived in Guyana on Thursday afternoon for a one-week visit. He was given a hero’s welcome after touching down at the Cheddi Jagan International Airport, Timehri.

Just last weekend, Allen defeated American Derrick ‘Take it to the Bank’ Webster to win the WBA Super Middleweight Gold title in a 10-round contest in Minnesota, USA. With the win, the undefeated Allen improved his record to 22 wins (14 knockouts) and one draw.

Along the way on a motorcade to Georgetown, Allen was greeted by excited students along the East Bank Demerara corridor, stopping briefly at different schools to interact with students and taking a moment to sign autographs and of course oblige a few photos.

From left: Deputy Mayor Alfred Mentore, boxer Lennox Allen, Mayor of Georgetown Ubraj Narine and Director of Sport Christopher Jones

He later paid a courtesy call on His Worship, the Mayor of Georgetown, Ubraj Narine; he is also expected to meet senior government functionaries during his visit.

At a press briefing on Thursday afternoon at the Tower Hotel, Allen, 33, said despite being relatively inactive for a prolonged period- he only had two fights between October 2015 and last weekend’s encounter- he was always in the gym keeping fit and trim.

“And now it’s all paid off…it’s now on to bigger and better things, whether it’s fighting for the IBF or WBC (title),” Allen reckoned.

“I want to be the first world champion to defend his title in Guyana, and with the government and everybody’s support we definitely can make it happen.”

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