Guyana to attend Youth World Boxing Cup in March 2024
See below press release from the Guyana Boxing Association
The Guyana Boxing Association’s (GBA) continued emphasis on international competition, a feature that was substantial and evidentiary in 2023, will immediately continue in the impending year as a two-member fight roster has been selected to participate in the prestigious Youth World Boxing Cup from March 3-11 in Budva, Montenegro.
Pugilists Joshua Thambaran of the Rosehall Town Jammers Gym and Shakquain James of the Forgotten Youth Foundation Gym will enter the squared circle at the Hotel Splendid Conference and Spa Resort in representation of Guyana, with technical officer and national coach Lennox Daniels serving in his traditional capacity.
A pre-tournament camp will also be conducted from February 17 to March 3. The competition, which is being administered in accordance with IBA Rules and Regulations, will feature 13 weight categories for men and 12 weight divisions for women.
For male fighters, the divisions are: 48kg, 51kg, 54kg, 57kg, 60kg, 63.5kg, 67kg, 71kg, 75kg, 80kg, 86kg, 92kg, and +92kg, whilst 48kg, 50kg, 52kg, 54kg, 57kg, 60kg, 63kg, 66kg, 70kg, 75kg, 81kg, and +81kg will comprise the female segment.
All fighters must have been born during the period 2006-2007.
Each resulting divisional winner will be awarded a gold medal, while silver and two bronze medals will be presented to the second and third-place finishers. Special accolades will also be presented to the adjudicated best boxers.
Steve Ninvalle, President of the GBA, said, “The developmental agenda of the GBA is an unending exercise. 2024, like the empirical undertakings of 2023, must and will continue in this manner as we strive to build on our accomplishments so that a breakthrough, which has become a familiar occurrence on the regional circuit, can be realised and achieved once more on the international plane.”
Recognised as the most vocal administrator in Caribbean boxing, Ninvalle further added: “This tournament is the strongest youth championship globally given the calibre of opponents that frequent its squared circle. In the previous two iterations, a total of 15 champions and 35 medalists from various world championships, inclusive of titleholders emanating from European, Asian, and Pan American events, confirmed the competitive and prestigious nature of the event.”
“This is the high level of international participation that is required for development. This development not only applies to the fighters but also to the technical officers, who must match their wits and strategies with those of similarly versed technocrats in their bid and effort to achieve the common goal of success. Guyana must embrace this level of challenge and adversity if we are to continue to evolve in the right direction and not stagnate and be relegated to simply regional supremacy.”
EDITOR’S NOTE: Following Guyana’s historic maiden appearance at the World Junior Boxing Championships in Yerevan, Armenia, emerging stars Tiquan Sampson and Akeelah Vancooten have attained world rankings, which is a milestone for local junior pugilists.