Amateur boxers, Imran Khan and Dennis Thomas both suffered defeats in their opening bouts at the ongoing World Amateur Boxing Championships in Almaty, Kazakhstan yesterday.
According to president of the Guyana Boxing Association (GBA), Khan lost his bantamweight bout against Filipino, Nanid Fernandez via unanimous decision while Thomas was KO’d in the second round by Russian Arpem Chebotarev in their middleweight encounter. Alongside the Olympic boxing programme, the championship is the highest level of competition for the sport. The World Amateur Boxing Championships will be the last event of its kind as amateur boxing takes a jump towards professionalism with the newly formed APB, the professional wing of boxing.
In excess of 50 nations have representatives competing at the championships.
Khan, Thomas and GBA’s Technical Director Terrence Poole who will sit level three exams while in Kazakhstan are scheduled to return on October 27.