Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 6th 2015 Contents WALTER ALIBEY
Former national boxer Michael Paul has come
out in support of the new boxing initiatives by
both the T&T Boxing Board of Control (TTBBC)
and Boxu Potts, chairman of the World Boxing
Council Youth Professional Programme and WBC
World Cup in the Central American and
He called for a drastic change in the attitudes
of all stakeholders if there is to be proper imple-
mentation and execution of the boxing initiatives.
The new development plan of the TTBBC
includes the introduction of the an "Athletes
Kitchen" which is designed to target young boxers
and provide them with daily meals and proper
nutrition ahead of the major tournaments; the
"New Faces of Boxing" which would deal will
unearthing new talents and nurturing them; and
the "Gladiator Programme" which would position
young boxers to forge partnerships with corporate
Through the WBC the new development ini-
tiatives comprises the staging of a first ever boxing
World Cup in T&T as well as a development pro-
gramme that will target the training and certifi-
cation of all boxing officials as well as the staging
of a Youth Professional Boxing programme. Paul
who made his exit from the sport in T&T as an
undisputed champion in the light heavyweight
and middleweight divisions, said these programmes
will be a tremendous boost to local boxers.
"For many years successive governments have
pumped millions of dollars into the sport of boxing
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but to date we have nothing to show for
it. We have been unable to have anyone
qualify for the Olympics and to date we
only have two World champions, Claude
Noel and Leslie Stewart. This shows that
we have been doing something wrong,
so let us work seriously on the boxing
initiatives and ensure that everyone is on
the same page," Paul said.
Paul, who apart from his skills in the
boxing ring, has also made a name for
himself for his outspoken nature, has
criticised the procedures under which
the sport has been functioning.
"We have seen that although this sys-
tem was used the sport has still not
shown any progress. In fact there are
coaches and trainers who are unable to
properly demonstrate the basics of the
sport and this has led to lack of quality
in the boxing ring," Paul said.
He feels this emphasis on certification
has also led to the unfair sidelining of a
number of ex-national boxers who are
now coaches and trainers.
Paul also wants to see the new devel-
opment initiatives focus on the construc-
tion of more boxing gyms in the different
communities and all ex boxers being con-
sidered for coaching jobs.
Paul supports boxing development initiatives
Four national boxers including women s boxer
Chimere Taylor are now ranked in the top 100 in
the world, after the AIBA (World Governing Body
for Amateur Boxing) released its rankings for
Taylor, who competes in the 75kg weight class, is
now ranked 24th among women in world boxing.
Among the men, Anthony Joseph (52kg) is ranked
68th, Brendon Dennis (91kg) is ranked 62nd and
Nigel Paul (91+kg) is 61st.
Paul, T&T s super heavyweight, received a late call
from AIBA, and is now in Doha, Qatar participating
at the World Championships, scheduled to begin on
October 12. This is the first qualifier for the 2016 Rio
After an absence of eight years, the 29th edition
of the Caribbean Boxing Championships is being
hosted by Guyana from November 25-30. This event
is eagerly awaited by the 27 countries in the region.
In the past, this event was the yardstick that was
used to determine if athletes were ready to compete
on the international level. If an athlete cannot win
a Caribbean medal, the chances of winning at Central
American and Caribbean Championhips (CAC), Com-
monwealth, Pan Am Games, World s and Olympics
The national boxers with help from the T&T Boxing
Association is conducting daily sessions at the National
Centre at the Hasely Crawford Stadium and Cosmic
Boxing Gym (Marabella) in preparation for the
Caribbean Boxing Championships. The Association s
weekly assessment workshop began on Saturday at
the Cosmic Boxing Gym, which will continue every
Saturday until the final team has been selected, two
weeks before the Championships.
The Boxing Association is hoping to have a local
live-in camp for the elite athletes, especially those
that are world ranked. The T&T Boxing Association
feels very strongly that it could qualify boxers for
the Olympics, especially since it has former national
boxers on the technical staff; namely Kirt Sinnette,
Michael Drayton, Alric Johnson and Ralph Peterkin.
They have teamed up with national coaches Floyd
Trumpet and Willibrord Williams.
Local pugilistic quartet
earns AIBA rankings
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