A confident St. Lucian, three-man boxing team wrapped up their six-week preparation in Castries and arrived here last night to do battle in the International Goodwill Tournament which boxes off today at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.
The three boxers Lyndel ’The Russian’ Marcellil (light welterweight), Ron Bastien (light middleweight) and Arthur Langelier (super middleweight) along with the three officials intimated that their training camp went smoothly and are certain to grab
medals at the three-day event which also involves Trinidad, Jamaica and the host.
“We are very confident” said president of the St. Lucia Boxing Association, David ‘Shakes’ Christopher.
“We have the experience, we are looking forward to doing well and are very confident of winning here”, Brian McDonald, VP of the association echoed.
“In terms of preparation, we had a six-week regimen and we are looking forward to the challenges of this competition”, McDonald added.
So what is the mood of the camp?
“The mood of the boxers”? Christopher asked “They are very hungry, hungry because they haven’t had much competition, they will use this as preparation for the Commonwealth and the CAC Games, and we are looking forward to this.”
Coach of the team, ex national boxer, Conrad Fredericks and the three pugilists echoed similar sentiments while urging fans to come out and support the event.
‘Shakes’ went on to state that the event is “one of the biggest events in the Caribbean in a long time.’
He said the aim of the tournament is to “form a family to take the Caribbean boxers to a next level and that is because they are starved of competitions, we want to give it 100% support.”
The Trinidad and Tobago and the Jamaican contingents were scheduled to arrive last night.
Bell time is 18:00hrs for each night of the competition. Admission is $500.