New York based Uprising Promotions has added Guyanese boxers Joel McRae and Edmund DeClou (16-3-1, 3 KOs) to their stable of pugilists.
Former Guyanese boxer Jermin King, who now resides in the US, was the middleman involved in the signings and he is looking to pave the way for more local boxers to sign with the Ronson Frank headed promotional company.
According to King, plans are currently in the works for DeClou’s debut under the Uprising Promotions banner. This is expected to be confirmed within the next few weeks.
“Edmund brings significant value to what we are doing as a team,” said Frank, the President of Uprising Promotions. “He is a slick middleweight and really skilled boxer who is not too far away from getting a big fight. Edmund is already a 20-bout veteran, so our plan is to get him a couple fights and then put him in a position where he can knock off a top guy to take his spot.”
The number one rated middleweight in Guyana, DeClou is a six-year professional who was unbeaten in 14 consecutive fights after splitting the first two bouts of his pro campaign. Since then, he has avenged his two most recent losses and was victorious in his last outing, a six-frame unanimous decision over Kevin Hylton in Jamaica.
DeClou won the interim Guyanese super middleweight championship in 2011 by defeating now Uprising Promotions stablemate McRae, and then picked up the Guyanese middleweight title in his next bout by decision against 54-bout veteran Howard Eastman in 12 rounds. He then put himself on the international radar in 2012 when he scored a ninth round TKO over Kevin Placide to claim the vacant WBC Caribbean Boxing Federation (CABOFE) middleweight championship.