Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : May 4th 2017 Contents Fraser also commended Ruff N
Tuff for extending its promotion to Guyana, and said fans can also
expect MMA action in other re- gional territories such as Jamaica
and Barbados in the near future.
guardian.co.tt Thursday, May 4, 2017
T&T's top super welterweight
kickboxer, Omar Smith, will clash
fists and feet with Suriname's Joey
Banai as they battle for the Carib-
bean title on May 20 at the Central
Regional Indoor Sports Arena in
Smith, a member of the Rough House
Combat sport facility, has been under
intense training with coach Adam De
Silva and is confident of victory. The 21
year old Smith has been preparing for
the bout for the past six years and is ea-
ger to represent his gym and country at
the regional level. "Expect a great fight.
Training camp has been intense thus far
and my coach is ensuring that I am fully
prepared. I will do T&T proud"
, said an
enthusiastic Smith. Supporting Smith
in his aspirations is Kee-Chanona Ltd.
The event, which is being promoted
by Fine Line Fight Factory, promises to
be another great one in the Central area.
Fine Line, known for putting on some
of the best fight events, will also bring
the two top super middleweights in the
ring, with the National Welterweight
title on the line. Vimal Jagoo and Andell
Lakhan have been challenging each oth-
er for more than a year, and this match
up promises a lot of fireworks from the
first bell to the last.
Rounding up the kickboxing line-up
will be up and coming talent from sev-
eral fight gyms throughout T&T. Eight
bouts are scheduled along with karate
demonstrations. The Local Wrestling
Association will make an appearance
at the midway stag.
Promoter Bharrath Ramoutar who
had to postpone the show once before
gave the assurance it will take place on
May 20. "These youths are training daily
and diligently. They will not be disap-
pointed again. Sponsorship is hard to
obtain but we do have a few who are
willing to make this event a reality for
the athletes, and we would like to ex-
press our appreciation to them"
The event is being funded by the Na-
tional Lotteries Control Board, Chagua-
nas Auto Supplies, Monisec Security
and Bodyguard Services, Toby's Bar,
Fan Zone, V&N Auto Supplies, Evolu-
tion Fitness and Francis Townhomes.
Tickets are available at the Fine Line
gym and Fanzone, Centre City Mall. In-
terested persons can also contact 772-
9640 or 763-1187.
Smith goes after
C'bean kickboxing title
There was victory for a T&T
Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) team
that competed on a card put on by
Ruff N Tuff and the Giftland Mall in
Guyana last week. T&T's unbeat-
en Earland Maloney continued
his impressive record in the light
heavyweight division by beating
hometown favourite Lashawn Slad-
den in a feature three-round contest
to take his record to 7-0.
The 185 kg fight appeared to be evenly
matched until some 20 seconds into the
third and final round when Sladden was
pinned down to the canvas and surren-
dered, losing the fight by submission.
And by virtue of the result, Maloney
earned the right to captain the T&T
team to the International Mixed Mar-
tial Arts Federation (IMMAF) World
Championship in Bahrain from No-
On a card that comprised four MMA
bouts and as many boxing matches, also
saw T&T's Gersham Griffith prevailing
over his countryman Ahmad Khan on
points in a lightweight fight while T&T's
Keron Bourne demolished Guyana's
Lawrence Harewood in a bantamweight
contest by TKO.
Bourne, who entered the fight with a
4-1 record compared to Lawrence's 5-0,
had hardly broken a sweat in the first
round when he struck his opponent with
a powerful right hand punch that sent
him to the canvas lifeless, and propelled
his stats to five wins and just one defeat.
Later Martin Joseph, dubbed 'The
Fighting Fireman' of T&T, made light
work of Emmerson Harley of Barbados
in a light heavyweight contest, whip-
ping him by submission in the second
round of a three-round fight. Afterward
Jason Fraser, president of the T&T Sam-
bo Federation said he was pleased with
the performances of his fighters against
their regional neighbours on an mma
card that was held for the first time in
Guyana. He described it as a huge suc-
cess, saying more than 3,000 fans came
out to witness a high level of fighting in
both MMA and in the sport of boxing.
T&T's Martin Joseph, right, pins his opponent Emmerson Harley of Barbados to the canvas in an historic MMA
bout in Guyana. Joseph won by submission.
Omar Smith ready for action.
Maloney leads T&T
over Guyana in MMA
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