A number of young boxers from the Uprising Boxing Gym will put their skills on display this weekend when they host a boxing exhibition at the Youth Academy, formerly the BBC relay station located in Lightfoot.
The event is also a qualifier for the International Boxing Championships slated for April 26-30 in St Lucia.
Founder of the Uprising Boxing Gym, Anthony Severin said the participants will box for three shortened rounds with the winners being adjudged by a three-man panel.
“In amateur boxing it’s normally three rounds but because of the age group and they are beginners, I am going to go three two-minute rounds. We’ve done a few exhibitions around [the island] and previously where we’ve been, we did a few exhibitions there as well. So they have done exhibition boxing. But now I am trying to turn it up and this is more like a competition. I am going to have three judges whereas before, it was based on crowd reaction,” he said.
So far, Severin said he has identified a number of boxers who could make the trip to St Lucia, adding that the gym’s focus in on developing the young talents across the island.
“I have for now, about four or five who look like they are ready to go out and compete regionally. Most of the guys we have now is a new crop, but the first set we had were the older ones and they have ventured out now so we are more focusing on the youngsters from the schools and developing the talent from young,” he said.
Saturday’s boxing exhibition is expected to begin at 5:30 pm. There will also be a number of other fund-raising components, including a barbecue, throughout the event.