By Francisco Salazar
An official welcome party was held on Monday evening at the Guyana National Stadium, ahead of the start of the Jr. B weight division final on Thursday, September 20 at 7:45 p.m. ET.
There were approximately 300 people present and officials from all the sports officials, including boxing, football, and mixed martial arts, a few wrestling officials.
According to Olympic and world championship gold medalist Danny “Giggin Boogie” Bravo, there was a mixture of customers and observers.“We definitely got a little bit of a mix,” said Bravo. “Our fans, there were people from St. Kitts, Barbados, etc., but mainly at this one, almost 50 percent males.”
The 66-year-old Bravo is one of the best boxers in Guyana and Trinidad and Tobago.
He has never competed in the Jr. B division and has only fought in the amateur division in his 20-year career.“There are close personal friends of mine that I have fought and a lot of guys I have fought with in the past,” said Bravo. “I also have some guys in my family that I fought. You know, I got nothing but respect for the coaches, they are very good trainers and they are the coaches that I know.”
On Thursday night, at the National Stadium, the winner of the Jr. B match will likely take on the No. 1 seed in the junior flyweight division, Ivan De Jesus.
Bravo is a former heavyweight champion in the Junior Lightweight division. He was 41-5-1 with 38 knockouts and was on the lost of 74 fights by the time he retired in 1998.
Along with De Jesus, the winner of Thursday’s Jr. B main event will face the tournament’s No. 2 seed, Guillermo Mora.“We are very confident, we have done this many times before,” said Bravo. “We have been in the finals at this tournament before and once we got to the finals, I think we put in a great performance. We’re going to come out and win.”
Tickets for the Jr. B Jr. Flyweight, Featherweight, Sen.’s and Jr. B Lightweight finals can be purchased online at www.ticketmaster.com.Francisco A. Salazar has written for Boxingscene.com since September of 2012 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (Calif.) Star newspaper, RingTV.com, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing