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T&T boxers wing out for CAC Qualifiers

T&T amateur boxer Tiana Guy, left, displays her gold medal which she won in the 60kg division at the Caribbean Boxing Championships (CBC) last year in St Lucia. Standing beside her coach and former boxer Ria Ramnarine.

A four-member T&T boxing team of Michael Alexander, Olympian Nigel Paul, Jesse Beckles and Tiana Guy, was joined by two boxers from St Lucia and as many from Barbados on their way to the Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in Tijuana, Mexico. The Games will start on Tuesday and on March 18.

The team left yesterday after the T&T Olympic Committee wired up payments for hotel, accommodation and meals in advance.

Cecil Forde, president of the T&T Boxing Association said the boxers were scheduled to settle down by today before they head into action tomorrow.

Paul, who competed in the Olympic Games for the first time in 2016, is set to make his name in the super heavyweight division while Alexander will be keen to make up for his failure to secure a place at the Rio Janeiro, Brazil-Olympics when he competes in the lightweight division. Alexander also won bronze medal at the Pan American Championships in 2013, bronze at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, and a third bronze at the 2014 Central American and Caribbean Games in Veracruz, Mexico.

Beckles will contest the welterweight division while Guy, the lone female boxer on the team, will contest the lightweight category.

The team has been at a live-in camp at the David Breakfast Resort in Salybia for the past months preparing under coach Floyd Trumpet, Rawlson Dopwell and Ria Ramnarine.

They were joined by boxers from St Lucia, Barbados and Anguilla at the camp, and were featured in a number of warm-up bouts at the Cosmic Boxing Gym in Marabella.

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