National lightweight champion, Dexter ‘Cobra’ Gonsalves will look to shake off some rust when he returns to the ring Saturday night at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall on the ‘Bad Blood’ card.
The skillful, orthodox fighter (8-2-2) will take on power punching Venezuelan, Felipe Barcelo (3-2-2) in a 10-round fight after being out of action since August 2016.
The Joseph Murray-trained fighter is looking to get back into action and in the win column as he prepares for a Commonwealth title shot down the road.
“It’s been a while since my last fight but I was always in the gym waiting for the right time to get back,” Gonsalves told Stabroek Sport yesterday.
He added:“This is my first fight for the year so I want to get back to winning and building my record so I can get a title shot down the road.” In his last fight, Gonsalves lost a close decision to former World Boxing Organisation (WBO) world champion, DeMarcus Corley.
Gonsalves said leading up to Saturday’s bout he has been doing a lot of sparring and other work at the Andrew ‘Sixhead’ Lewis Gym and is confident of a victory in four days time.
Meanwhile, the knockout night of boxing will be headlined by the flashy Dexter ‘De Kid’ Marques.
The showman flyweight who has not fought since last April, will also look to shake off some ring rust since his promotional team has already lined up a Commonwealth title fight in March with their sights set on a world title crack later in the year.
Marques will match gloves with Venezuelan, Dionis ‘El Flaco’ Martinez Arias in a 10-round affair.
Elsewhere on the bill, Shawn Corbin boxes highly ranked Trinidadian, Sheldon Lawrence for the WBC Fecarbox light heavyweight title in the main supporting bout.
Bantamweight standout, Elton ‘The Bully’ Dharry is advertised to match gloves with Jesus Garcia also of neighbouring Venezuela in an eight-round affair. Anson Green will take on Barbadian, Keithland King, while the night’s action is set to start at 20:00hrs with James Moore in his pro debut, fighting another Barbadian, Anderson Emmanuel over four rounds in the heavyweight division.
Tickets cost $1000 for stands, $2000 for ringside and $4000 for VIP.