A flurry of punches will be thrown next weekend when the Guyana Boxing Association (GBA) stages its annual national Open championships at the National Gymnasium.
According to Technical Director (TD) of the association Terrence Poole, who returned from Kazakhstan yesterday after a coaching stint, the championships will feature the nation’s elite pugilists vying for trophies and medals.
Poole told this publication that he envisions in excess of 40 combatants from gyms like the Forgotten Youth Foundation, Tiger Eye, Pocket Rocket, Rose Hall Jammers, Essequibo, Young Achievers, Harpy Eagles, GDF, Republican and Police in fistic action.
Boxers who excel at the Open championships will also be selected to compete on the Champions of Champions card the following weekend in Bartica.
Meanwhile, the GBA’s TD intimated that he was the first Guyanese to sit AIBA’s three-star examination while in Kazakhstan and is scheduled to receive the results via mail during the new week.
Once certified as a three-star coach, Poole assured that he will impart his knowledge to the local officials.
Poole also revealed that while in Kazakhstan he was presented with a new scoring machine from AIBA to be used by the GBA. He said that the new mechanism will debut in Guyana at next weekend’s championships and will aid in eliminating any human errors in scoring.