Allicock lone Guyanese in latest world rankings
Keevin Allicock has emerged as the only Guyanese boxer to be included in the latest world rankings released by world governing body AIBA.
The lightning-quick Allicock is rated 19th in the Bantamweight division, well ahead of several boxers from China, Taiwan, Kazakhstan, Armenia, Ukraine and Peru. The achievement brakes the world ranking jinx of over a decade for Guyana. The last Guyanese to hold an AIBA world ranking was Allicock’s brother Dillon.
The current World Bantamweight Champion is Mirazizbek Mirzakhalilov of Uzbekistan. President of the Guyana Boxing Association Steve Ninvalle, in congratulating Allicock, promised that it is only a matter of time before more local boxers emulate the current Caribbean bantamweight champion.
“We are proud of his achievement and our plan and expectation is that others will follow in his footsteps when the doors of boxing are opened again,” Ninvalle said.
Allicock was a part of a quartet of Guyanese boxers stranded in Cuba for 126 days. Colin Lewis, Dennis Thomas, Desmond Amsterdam and Allicock travelled to Cuba in January to prepare for the AMBC Olympic Qualifiers, which were later cancelled because of concern about the spread of COVID-19.
Following the closure of Guyana’s borders the four were forced to remain in Cuba until last week.