Atwell eyes Commonwealth title fight

—says Manager Burch-Smith

Clive Atwell’s future is bright and a lot of positives can be taken from his latest battle inside the ropes.
This is according to his manager, Ronald Burch-Smith who spoke to Stabroek Sport yesterday.

Atwell lost in his bid to capture the WBC world featherweight title in Mexico on Saturday following a questionable technical decision loss to Jhonny Gonzalez, but Burch-Smith opines that the exposure bodes well for the future of his charge’s career.

“I think that this puts him in a strong position for future fights since he displayed his quality in front of the world and leading personalities in his division,” Burch-Smith noted.

“Abner Mares’ camp was at the fight, Daniel Ponce De Leon was ringside and of course Gonzalez knows what he saw up close and also WBC officials.

After the fight I think that Clive would take some comfort in knowing that he performed extremely well against world class opposition.

Clive demonstrated his speed and his ability to get out of the way against the fastest opponent he has faced so far.”

Plans for Atwell’s immediate future?
“His ranking in the Commonwealth will go up and we will be looking for that Commonwealth title fight,” said Burch-Smith.

“Prior to the world title fight he also had a strong offer for the WBC Silver belt and that is something we will also be exploring. Clive Atwell has a great future, there are a lot of positives that he can take from this fight and for Guyana as well.”
Burch-Smith also praised the boxer’s support base while blasting some sections of the local media for misinforming the public of Atwell’s performance.

“The objective assessment of the fight will show that Atwell performed far better than the reports in the Mexican press and some sections of the local media would suggest.

“It’s clear from a review that he won many more rounds than the judges gave credit for and that is something that is objective. I think Gonzalez is lucky that the doctor recommended to the referee to stop the fight.
But of course the medical opinion of an expert cannot be easily challenged but no doubt it helped Gonzalez tremendously to get out of the ring.”


Clive Atwell
Clive Atwell
Ronald Burch Smith
Ronald Burch Smith

“I think it’s a credit to the work done by the local boxing board in their Friday night fights which Clive is a product of, they must be credited for producing a really good professional fighter.
His coach, Lennox Daniels and as his management, I would like to acknowledge contributions from the people in Gleason’s Gym, Seon Bristol, Leon Moore, Lennox Blackmore, Dillon Carew and of course his sparring partners for helping Clive in the final weeks of his training.”
Burch-Smith added “I know he also trained with Dexter Marques and his local fitness trainer, Andrew Hooper.

“Despite the adverse publicity, Giftland Office Max and Hand in Hand were also onboard and was confident enough to back Clive when he needed it most.”

Burch-Smith concluded by stating that: “As soon as Clive is back we will decide what he wants to do and how soon he wants to do it.

“Congratulations are in order, he has a new born baby and wants to spend some time in Dominica with his family before he gets back in the ring, maybe in August will be a good time for him to get back in the ring.”
Atwell is scheduled to hold a press conference in the not too distant future.

Latest in Sports

Off-spinner Sunil Narine (left) will be a key member of the West Indies attack.

Confident Windies seek happy ending

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – West Indies will seek to write a happy ending to a promising Tri-Nations campaign when they clash with Australia in today’s final, in a contest that brings together the champions of the Twenty20 and 50-overs World Cups.

GABF President Nigel Hinds (sitting centre) displaying an official team jersey in the presence of Director of Sport Christopher Jones (2nd from left sitting) while members of the Guyana Boys and Girls u16 squads and management staff look on

GABF unveils teams for CBC c/ships

The Guyana Amateur Basketball Federation (GABF) officially unveiled yesterday the Boys and Girls u16 teams that will be representing the nation at the upcoming Caribbean Basketball Confederation (CBC) Championship on local shores.

default placeholder

Jeffrey crowned Time Trial champion for a third time

Add another National Time-Trial title to Raynauth Jeffrey’s collection. Yesterday, the 22-year old star cyclist put on an epic display of racing against the clock and the inclement weather to earn the title of National Senior Time Trial champion for the third time.

Darren Bravo is one of only two West Indian batsmen to score a century in the current Ballr Tri Series One Day tournament.

Bravo! West Indies never-say-die

For Trinidad & Tobago and West Indies pacer Shannon Gabriel playing in only his second One Day International it was ‘D’ Day at Kensington Oval in Barbados on Friday as West Indies took on South Africa to secure a place in the final of the Bellr Tri-Nation tournament where they will face world champions Australia today.

default placeholder

Mixed fortunes for Floodlights

Floodlights softball cricket team endured mixed fortunes last Sunday when the Wolf’s Challenge Cup softball cricket tournament continued at various ground in Georgetown.

Old Fort’s Aderemi Simon unleashing a powerful shot which was denied by GCC’s Stephen Xavier (behind the goalkeeper) during their matchup at the National Gymnasium.

Old Fort, Pit Bulls secure hard-fought wins

Old Fort and Pit Bulls secured the hard-fought wins over Saints and Georgetown Cricket Club (GCC) respectively when the Lucozade Indoor Hockey League continued on Friday at the National Gymnasium on Mandela Avenue.

Domini Alleyne

Mr. Guyana bodybuilding c/ships set for July 10

Fitness fans get ready, the highly anticipated Mr. Guyana Bodybuilding and Fitness Show will be staged on July 10 at the National Cultural Centre.

default placeholder

Pollard praised as leader, match-winner

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, CMC – Darren Bravo has hailed Kieron Pollard as a “game winner” and a “leader” and said his presence in the West Indies camp has been invaluable.


About these comments

The comments section is intended to provide a forum for reasoned and reasonable debate on the newspaper's content and is an extension of the newspaper and what it has become well known for over its history: accuracy, balance and fairness. We reserve the right to edit or delete comments which contain attacks on other users, slander, coarse language and profanity, and gratuitous and incendiary references to race and ethnicity.

Stay updated! Follow Stabroek News on Facebook or Twitter.

Get the day's headlines from SN in your inbox every morning: