By Suelika N. Buchanan

The Observer

This weekend will come alive with exciting and thrilling Boxing action at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort, which will feature local boxers fighting against boxers out of Guyana.

The event is being organized by The Police Sports Club and the St. Kitts Boxing Promotions and will take place on Friday October 28. The event which is advertised as a triple header event will also include a sumptuous dinner at the beginning and a comedy show following the boxing that will end of the night.

The comedian for the night is the popular Jamaican Owen Blakka Ellis who have also written material for Oliver Samuels.

During a press conference at the St. Kitts Co-operative Credit Union on Monday October 24, John Bergan, Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Police Sports Club said that the event is organized to help raise funds for the local boxing gyms.

“We are coming on board to help promote boxing in the Federation that will help the young people in a positive way,” Bergan said. “Boxing is on the rise in St. Kitts and we hope people will come out and support.”

John Gumbs, PRO for the St. Kitts Boxing Amateur Association and president of the St. Kitts Boxing Promotions said that the evening will be very exciting.

Gumbs who is also a former boxer, said that a state of the art boxing ring that was recently brought in from England will be used.

“The main aim for the boxing association in St. Kitts is to target the young men on the streets and all of the funds raised at the event will go back into the gym where the coaches will make a list of the equipment they need and I will purchase them on their behalf out of England,” he said.

Even though there were no other members of the Boxing Association present at the conference that morning, Gumbs assured the press that the association is in full support of the event.

“I have just received a call which indicated that there was a letter on my desk from the boxing association which states that we have their support in this initiative,” he said.

Gumbs also said that they are trying to develop a good relationship with Guyana who they plan to team up with and host matches in 2006.

Chad England a local boxer from the Natural Fitness and Boxing Gym said that he is ready for action.

His trainer and coach of the gym nicknamed him, “The Sledge Hammer” because of the way he fights and sees boxing as a positive move.

“I use to fight a lot and got into trouble but when I started attending the Natural Gym, my coach introduced me to the boxing bag and because of my fighting style he started calling me the Sledge Hammer,” he said.

England spoke spiritedly and confidently about the upcoming match saying that he doesn’t usually intimidate his opponents he likes to come off as the underdog then surprise them in the ring.

The action begins at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $150 and for a table of ten people the cost will amount to $1,200.