It’s being dubbed the ‘Clash of First Citizens Cup titans’, the question is, can reigning champions Defence Force defend the title for the first time for a fourth First Citizens Cup?
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Lawrence back in ring against Motta
Fecarbox title holder T&T’s Sheldon Lawrence will re-enter the ring on Friday when he takes on Venezuelan Edwin Motta in a light heavyweight showdown at Irwin Park, Siparia.
It will be Lawrence’s first fight since beating Nigel ‘Cow’ Edwards for the title earlier this year. Motta is no stranger to Lawrence as he lost to the T&T boxer last year by unanimous decision at the Gimnasio Mocho Navas in Petare, Venezuela, and would need a victory to end his string of defeats.
At 40 years Motta has not won a fight in 10 tries with his best result coming from a draw against his countryman Derwin Medina in Caracas last year. Twenty-nine year old Lawrence on the other hand, is coming off a minor injury which he sustained on his job last month, and will be hoping to shake out any ring rustiness in the six-round fight, as he eyes both the North American Boxing Association (NABA) and North American Boxing Federation (NABF) titles later this year to add to his fecarbox title.
The card is being held by former amateur boxing trainer Voisin ‘Wamber’ Jones who has decided to enter the fray of professional boxing promotion, citing frustration with the T&T Boxing Association (T&TBA).
The card is a World Boxing Council (WBC)-sanctioned event which has received the support of the Siparia Regional Corporation through its chairman Dr Glenn Ramadharsingh as part of the Siparia Fest celebrations. At a press conference recently ‘Wamba’ said his gym —the Sandcity Boxing Emporium— faced a minor setback due to lack of equipment, but said they recently received much needed assistance from the WBC.
‘Wamba’ believes boxers must be given an opportunity to fight at both TTBA and WBC as was demonstrated in the last Olympics, where professional fighters were allowed to compete at the Olympics. He lashed out at the TTBA for the perception that amateur fighters are not allowed to compete on any other card by amateur cards.
The card will also feature a grudge clash between T&T’s Stephanie Allen and Genesis Penianga of Venezuela in a four-round flyweight contest. Allen called on supporters to come out and see what she has to offer while Lawrence’s manager Boxu Potts urged corporate T&T and Government to throw their support behind the event, saying it will assist in the development of the sport in the deep south and in T&T as a whole.
Dr Ramadharsingh said the investment in sport, football and boxing, will reap good social benefits for the nation’s youths.
“It is much better to get the youths involved in a sport that will deter them from a life of crime. The area of Siparia has a wealth of talent in young boxers through the Sand City Boxing Emporium and I intend to continue to work with them to help with the growth and development in this community,” Ramadharsingh said.