40 fighters seek glory at boxing champs

January 23, 2020

Forty boxers from eight gyms will start the quest for titles and possible selection to participate in the boxing trials for the Tokyo Olympics, set for March in Argentina, at the Stanley Couch Gym in Kingston at 7 o'clock this evening. The competition, which is run by the Jamaica Boxing Board, will continue tomorrow and end on Saturday at the same venue.

Competition will be in seven of the eight Olympic categories, featherweight, lightweight, welterweight, middleweight, light heavyweight, heavyweight and super heavyweight. Apart from the Elite boxers, there will also be competition for Novice Class boxers, who have five or less fights, and this is part of the Board's programme to encourage newcomers to the sport.

The weight categories that will be most competitive are lightweight and welterweight. The former light-welterweight category has abolished and merged with the lightweight category at a new weight limit of 63 kilograms. Entries in this weight class will include the current lightweight champion Shiloh Defreitas, who is from the Repton Club in England, the light welterweight champion Damion Williams from the Jamaica Defence Force, and budding star Daniel Hylton from the Stanley Couch gym.

The current welterweight champion Joshua Frazer, who lives in Canada, is here to defend his title. He had a very successful 2019, and ended on a high note in December when he was crowned Caribbean welterweight champion and most outstanding male boxer in the championships, that were held in Trinidad and Tobago.

Frazer told STAR Sports yesterday that he is "In great shape and anxious to get into the ring to defend his title" and he will undoubtedly be the man to beat in that weight class.

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