A two-member Saint Lucia team is ready to contest the 2019 Caribbean Boxing Championships, which runs until Monday 9 December in Trinidad and Tobago. The competition is being staged beneath the aegis of the American Boxing Federation, and the Caribbean Boxing Steering Committee, with nearly 200 pugilists from 17 participating territories.
Among the countries that have confirmed participation are Puerto Rico, Venezuela, and the Dominican Republic. These three countries, along with Cuba, were invited to the Caribbean Championships for the first time ever. Known as the region’s powerhouses, they are expected to bring more flair and fireworks to the event.
The Saint Lucia team comprises Nathan Ferrari and Dudley O’Shaughnessy. Ferrari is a former Caribbean schoolboy champion, and he has been training in England for the past two months. He will compete in the 64-kilogramme class. O’Shaugnessy, meanwhile, is an England-based fighter, who will go in the 69-kilogramme category.
The weigh-in for the championships was held on Wednesday December 4, and the technical meeting and draw was also on Wednesday night.
The bouts will be at a new venue, the National Cycling Velodrome, in Couva. Hosting this series is seen a fillip for TTO, as the local association is currently celebrating its 70th anniversary.