By Boxing Bob Newman
This Saturday, Sept. 26, Cliff Anderson Sports Hall in Georgetown, Guyana will be the scene for “The Caribbean Fury” presented by Carwyn Holland, CEO of Holland’s Entertainment Promotions and Stanford Solomon’s S&S Promotions. The co-featured bouts will pit Corinne “Sexy Panther” DeGroot against Shondell “Mystery Lady” Alfred for the WIBA bantamweight title and Leon “Hurry Up” Moore against former world champion Mauricio Pastrana for the NABA, WBA Fedelatin, WBA Fedecaribe, WBC Cabofe, WBC Inter-Continental super bantamweight titles.
Foremer world title challenger Howard “The Battersea Bomber” Eastman will take on Kevin “The Fighting Policeman” Placide in a ten rounder. Filling out the card will be welterweights Iwan “Pure Gold” Azore vs Wayne Briggs, and fellow Guyanese fighters Mitchell Rogers, Dexter Marques and Paul Lewis Jr.
For the 30-year-old Moore, “Hurry Up” is an apt ring nick name. “I want my shot at a ‘world’ title. I should be undefeated at 26-0 with 22 knockouts, but politics took care of that.” Moore makes a valid point as the only two blemishes on Moore’s record are split decisions losses against top flight opponents in their respective hometowns: former world champ Irene Pacheco in Colombia and the undefeated Timur Shailezov in Kyrgyzstan. “When you lose a split decision in the other guy’s home town, you know you really won the fight. I want my chance.”
Carwyn Holland had this to say about his upcoming event, “This card presents an opportunity for the world to see the quality talents we have here in the Caribbean. It’s disappointing to know that the Caribbean is ignored when it comes to big time boxing and its fighters are merely used as opponents with a small window for success. Those who managed to seize the opportunity and make a name for themselves in the sport must count themselves lucky, because there are lots of others here with great skills and no opportunity outside the region to showcase their talents. However I intend to change this course by promoting quality fights and encourage the established promoters to join me in promoting shows around the region. I wish to congratulate Dan Goosen for taking the initiative of promoting in the Caribbean and would encourage others to do same because there is a market for the sport here. I would also call on the main networks like Showtime, HBO, ESPN etc. to give Caribbean Promoters a chance to showcase the regions talents. In fact, while “Caribbean Fury” will be broadcast around the Caribbean by CMC, CaribVision, NCN, it is difficult to get these networks to carry our shows into North America.”