Sport Ministry in support of Int’l boxing card on April 23
Minister of Culture Youth and Sport, Charles Ramson Jr. pledged Government’s support for the ‘Guyana Fight Night Road to Redemption’ card scheduled for April 23 at the National Stadium.
The principals for the six-fight international boxing event met with Ramson, Director of Sport, Steve Ninvalle and Chairman of the National Sports Commission, Kashif Muhammad on Friday.
During the meeting, Ramson Jr. stopped short of putting a specific figure to the magnitude of support the government will undertake but did promise to assist the fixture which will be headlined by Elton Dharry with the Dexter ‘De Kid’ Marques in the co-feature.
“We will be supporting this event, we like Elton and we look forward to partnering with you to make this event a success”, the Minister stated Friday.
The card which has an international flavor with a blend of talented youths and experience will see the return of Imran ‘Magic’ Khan, James Walcott and Quincy Gomes.
Also, debutants, Stephen Da Silva and Richard James will match gloves in a lightweight four-rounder.
The USA-based Dharry will face the undefeated Orlando Penalba from Panama.
Penalba has an unblemished record in 12 fights with a draw and will be facing Dharry in the featured bout of the evening.
Dharry will fight for the spoils of the WBC International super flyweight title while Marques will face flyweight, Gilberto Pedroza also of Panama be in the co-main event.
Khan will take on Anthony Narine in a six-round middleweight bout while Walcott will lace it up against James Moore in a four-round light heavyweight fight.
Gomes, one of the brightest local prospects, will look to add another ‘W’ to his record when he takes on Barbados-based Charwin Estwick for the local junior middleweight title.
Dharry, the 36-year-old orthodox fighter knows that time is ticking on his career and plans to put on a show in front of the local boxing starved fans.
“My main aim is to win big fights and get another crack at the world title,” said Dharry.
Dharry, who has been calling out world champions in his division, fought for the WBA Super Flyweight title in 2019.
However, he lost to Andrew Maloney in the latter’s hometown of Melbourne, Australia in a controversial ninth-round stoppage after the ringside doctor stopped the fight which Dharry said he was dominating due to an eye injury.
Dharry who improved his record to 25 (15KOs)-6-1 with a first-round stoppage of his last opponent last July, stated that his ultimate dream is to win a world title for Guyana.