Boxing-Allisop follows Aiba training camp in Cardiff


07-July-2012

While in Cardiff, Allisop, who has qualified for the Olympiad in the light weight (60kg) category, will train under the guidance of Association internationale de boxe amateur (Aiba) instructors. The Aiba is organising the training camp for all the boxers who will compete at the Olympic Games.

Gold medallist at last year’s Indian Ocean Island Games on home soil with a win over Mauritian 2008 Olympic bronze medallist Bruno Julie, Allisop edged out Kenyan Denis Okoth in the quarterfinal at the African Olympic qualification tournament in Casablanca, Morocco earlier this year to earn his ticket to the Olympics. He narrowly won the light weight bout 19-18 against Okoth before losing his semifinal fight on points – 8-16 – to Tunisian Ahmed Mejri to earn a bronze medal.

At the end of the camp, Allisop will go straight to London and he told Sports Nation he is eager to make Seychelles proud.

“The Olympic Games aren’t easy, but I’m determined to give it my best shot,” he said.
Since qualifying for the London Olympics in May, Allisop has been working on improving his physical fitness and he believes the training camp has come at an opportune time.

“I was doing physical fitness training in the morning. I also did speed training and punch bag, but I did not have any experienced boxer for sparring. In Cardiff, I’m sure to have a lot of sparring partners to help me get in shape for the Games,” added the young boxer.

Although this will be Allisop’s first time at the Olympic Games, there is a lot of hope on him to mint the country’s first medal at the quadrennial Games.

Allisop took part in another Aiba training camp in Wales ahead of the final African Olympic qualifying tournament in Morocco.

Praslinois judoka Dominique Dugasse has also qualified for the Games.

G. G.

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