PRESS RELEASE – Host country Martinique emerged champions of the 2015 Creole Boxing championships which end there Saturday evening.
The Martiniquans at home and fielding more boxers than any of the other teams in most of the divisions contested finished on top with 6 gold medals, 8 silver medals and 4 bronze medals for 38pts.
Guadeloupe finished in second place on 23 pts after collecting Five gold medals and four bronze medals while ST. Lucia were third just one point behind Guadeloupe on 22pts with Four Gold medals, Four silver Medals and Two bronze medals.
Barbados who were special invitees to the tournament finished fourth on 15pts with Three Gold, Two Silver and Two bronze.
Dominica fifth with two gold, two silver and three Bronze medals for 13 pts while 2014 champions French Guyane(cayenne) finished in the cellar position in sixth place on 11pts two gold, two silver and a bronze.
Despite a third place finish ST. Lucia did put in some good performances with the four gold medallist being Heslie Joseph in the 60 kg Lightweight Novice division, Arthur Langelier in the 75kg Elite Middleweight Division, Lyndel “the Russian” Marcellin in the 69kg elite welterweight division and Nathan Ferrari in the 64 kg lightwelterweight Junior Division 14- 16.
Ferrari a student of the Sir Ira Simmonds Secondary School was making his tournament debut in the ring for ST.Lucia and he scored an impressive unanimous points victory over an opponent from Martinique to claim his gold medal.
The silver medal winners for ST. Lucia were Kareem Boyce in the juniors 14-16 Lightweight division, Boyce is also a student of the Sir Ira Simmonds Secondary School and he too was making his tournament debut for St. Lucia.
The other silver medal winners for ST.Lucia were Ian Auberto in the Youth 16-18 60 kg Lightweight Division, Merlanda ST.Clair in the female 75 kg middleweight division and Travis Maynard in the 56 kg Elite Bantamweight division where he lost a close contest to Ricardo Blackman of Barbados in what many patrons and officials at the tournament considered the best bout of the entire tournament with both boxers exhibiting some excellent boxing skills and craft during the bout.
The Bronze medal winners were Adrian Louis in the 64 kg youth 16-18 Lightwelterweight division and Ron Bastien in the elite 81 kg light heavyweight Division.
The only St. Lucian boxer not to return with a medal was Leroy James who was disqualified along with his Dominican opponent in the Novice 81kg lightheavyweight division finals ,as being disqualified does not qualify you for a medal and any points to be awarded to your team.
The St.Lucia team returned home yesterday afternoon.
The local boxers will continue their training as St.Lucian Boxers are expected to attend qualifiers for the world championships in Venezuela next month, 64 kg light-welterweight Junior Adrian Louis is part of St. Lucia’s team for the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa and there is the revival of a Caribbean Championship boxing event to be held in Guyana sometime in December.
The 2016 creole boxing championships will be held in French Guyane (Cayenne) while the 2017 tournament is tentatively schooled to be hosted in ST.Lucia.