PRESS RELEASE – St. Lucia’s Boxers who participated at the Caribbean Development Boxing tournament which concluded in Guyana last evening at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall in Georgetown Guyana had quite a learning experience.
The ST.Lucian Boxers finished the tournament with four medals ,two Silver and two bronze medals. The silver Medal winners were Marvin Anthony in the light heavyweight 81 kg Division where he4 lost to Desmond Amsterdam of Guyana.
The other silver medal was won by 60 kg Lightweight Junior Kareem Boyce who lost to Junior Perreira from French Guyana in the finals.
The Bronze medal winners were Lyndel “the Russian “Marcellin in the elite 69 kg Welterweight Division and Tahj Browne in the 69 kg Youth Welterweight Division. The other ST. Lucian Boxers who were on tour as part of the team,Middleweight Arthur Langelier and Lightwelterweight Nathan Ferrari did not medal as they lost very close controversial decisions to Guyanese boxers in the preliminary rounds of the tournament.
In awards presented after the tournament :
Best Womens Boxer: Kimberly Gittens of Barbados
Best Novice: Charles Cox of Barbados
Best Junior: Justin Parris of Trinidad
Best Youth Boxer: Isiah Fraser of Barbados
Best Senior Boxer: Aaron Hassette of Trinidad and Tobago.
Twelve countries along with host country Guyana took part in the tournament which has been tentatively scheduled for Barbados in 2016 with ST. Lucia as stand by. Jamaica have pledge to host the tournament in 2017. The ST. Lucia team is scheduled to return home on Tuesday evening.A meeting of regional Presidents held Sunday came to a consensus that this tournament should continue as the major breeding ground for amateur Boxers in the region.
The meeting also discussed ways of improving and adding to the crop of Boxing officials in the region Referees and judges who are AIBA certified and to bring back some of the countries in the region who have been inactive in the sport for sometime.