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Trumpet’s return hits snag in Waterloo

Tuesday, May 8, 2012


Floyd Trumpet’s return to the ring after a three-year absence hit a snag on Saturday night when he was informed that the fight could not take place because it was not sanctioned by the Trinidad and Tobago Boxing Board of Control (T&TBBC). Trumpet was to fight Ian Blue in a six-round non-title fight at Jerry Junction Sports Bar, Waterloo, Princes Town. Joanne Balgobin of Floyd Trumpet Promotions said yesterday she received a call from an affiliate of the Boxing Board indicating that the fight was not sanctioned. 
“The person gave two reasons, the first was that Trumpet was a seasoned fighter and Blue's past record, which is a losing one in his last eight fights, meant that the board had a right to protect Blue. “The second reason was Trumpet’s weight which was a bit heavier since he was a middle weight.” She expressed disappointment that the Board failed to attend the weigh-in ceremony and was absent at a press conference to promote the card.
“It was embarrassing for us, and it was disrespectful. The Board had ample time to respond. We had sponsors present and it was a financial loss to us because patrons were refunded.” Balgobin said she was contacted by T&TBBC chairman Annabelle Davis, who proposed a new fighter. Balgobin said: “We submitted documents in early January  and because of several changes in sponsorship and fighters the card was pushed to Saturday. I spoke to Davis to make sure I had contracts and medicals in order. Also, Shama Stroude, a T&TBBC member was kept informed about the card.” Efforts to contact Davis proved futile.


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