Prince Charles to make appearance at GBA U-16 Championship


International flavour will be an important element of the Guyana Boxing Association (GBA) junior programme in 2023, as the entity resumes its monthly Under-16 Championship, with Prince Charles of Trinidad and Tobago slated to enter the ring on April 2.

Charles, who is coached by Jason Matthews, will be part of a two-member contingent from the twin-island republic, which includes Shania Nunez, who will compete in the championship scheduled for the National Gymnasium, Mandela Avenue.

Charles is set to match skills with emerging talent Jeremiah Duncan who was adjudged the best boxer at the previous edition of the Caribbean School Boys and Junior Championships, hosted on local soil. Nunez will match globes with local sensation Taffina Barker of the Pace and Power Gym.

According to GBA President Steve Ninvalle, this is another historic step in the right direction of the discipline.

“This is a historic move and is indicative of the association’s emphasis on youth development. This is a simple but significant act in building and improving on an initiative that was primarily created to advance the sport, and build on its infancy phase. This programme will now provide international exposure to our pugilists at an earlier stage. After all, the U-16 age group is a vital transitional period in the development of boxers. This is just the start.”

He further disclosed, “Communication lines were also opened with Suriname, who has also confirmed the participation of a two-member delegation, which further adds to the budding profile of this tournament. The international element will continue to be a feature of the tournament for the foreseeable future.”

The U-16 championship, which is hosted twice on a monthly basis, is directly linked to the Caribbean School Boys and Juniors Competition, and serves as the association’s preparatory platform.

The GBA, which is the 2022 Sport Association-of the-Year, hosted 16 Under-16 competitions last year, which is a record, and is geared to surpass that number in the current calendar year.

Another edition is already penciled for April 30 at the same venue, and is also expected to attract international participation.

The resumption of the monthly enterprise also aligns with the association’s impending weekly training camp for young and elite pugilists, which is slated to commence on March 31 at the Andrew ‘Six Head’ Lewis Gym in Albouystown.

The aforementioned programme, which features the technical expertise of National Coach Lennox Daniels, Technical Director Terrence Poole, and Cuban Coach Francisco Roldan, has been conceptualised as a high-performance system to better equip boxers for the rigours of international competition.

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