Youth boxing competition this Sunday


Local boxers are ready for serious business

It will be a youth competition for young pugilists aged 14 to 16 years old and it will group teams from Anse Royale and the central region.

Altogether there will be seven bouts for the youngsters as this competition is being organised in conjunction with the Sport for All Unit of the National Sports Council.

Speaking to Sports Nation, Seychelles Amateur Boxing Federation (SABF) chairman Hervé Anthony said that they have found it difficult to organise competition due to the unavailability of venue.
But chairman Anthony revealed that he has had some very fruitful discussions with Social Affairs, Community Development and Sports Minister Vincent Meriton, community development and sports principal secretary Denis Rose, and the new NSC chief executive Giovanna Rousseau.

“We are very pleased with our discussions and the different parties have agreed to help us and they are looking into the possibility of another venue in town area so as to make it easier for our boxers to attend training,” Mr Anthony said.

Mr Anthony also claimed that the agreement ensures that as from next week all senior boxers who will be released to prepare for international competitions will have their salary paid by the NSC until the end of November when they reach the end of the international calendar.

The association is planning to send six or seven boxers at the end of this month to a senior competition in Reunion as they prepare for the African Championship which will be held in Mauritius from September 1-7.

“We are also looking into the possibility of bringing the Rodrigues team for the Regatta tournament. We may welcome the Kenyan team in November probably to coincide with the Defence Forces day,” explained chairman Anthony.

He added that he is very happy with the support which he has been promised and said if he gets all the right backing, he is convinced his boxers can win an Olympic medal which he plans to hang on the clock tower.

At the moment though, the boxers are just pleased that they are able to climb into the ring for some serious business.

R. J-L.

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