The long awaited battle between local professional boxer Kirt Sinnette and United Kingdom based Joey Vegas for the World Boxing Council (WBC) light heavyweight International title will unfold this evening from 8 pm at the Woodbrook Youth Facility. The boxers laid eyes on each other for the first time at the weigh-in ceremony yesterday at Alicia’s Palace, Lady Chancellor Road, St Ann’s. Also present were WBC supervisor Isamar Morales, WBC judge Thomas Nardone, Sharma Stroud, representative of the T&T Boxing Board of Control (T&TBBC), Unified Boxing promoter Giovanni Potts and doctor Kevin Antoine. Sinnette, 38, stepped on the scale first and was directly on the button at 175 pounds. Vegas weighed in at 172. Sinnette said he wanted to do like Keshorn Walcott and give T&T another major medal in international sport. “It’s a pleasure to be fighting for the Independence Day celebration and I’m happy the offer was given to me. “I’ll be taking this opportunity to celebrate the 50th Independence with this title, so I’ll soon be joining Keshorn Walcott and the Olympic team in their celebration.”
Sinnette has a record of 21 wins and one loss in his 22 professional fights. His record includes 17 knockouts. Vegas, 30, who was born in Uganda, has won 13 times, six by knockout, lost six (two by knockout) and drawn once in his 20 appearances in the ring. Vegas, a former African champion, stated that it would a dream come true to win this title. “It’s been a long time I have been wating for this. I would like to win this because it’s my dream. It’s not easy to be the African champion. I have the experience. I have been to the Commonwealth (Games). I have been to the Olympics, so I have enough experience to win this and am going to take this belt back to Africa.” Promoter Giovanni Potts urged the population to support Sinnette. “As part of our 50th anniversary, I urge the public to come out and support the local sporting heroes Kirt Sinnette, Dwayne Hinds, Ria Ramnarine, Prince Lee Isadore and our 2016 Olympic hopefuls. Come out and support the local athletes,” said Potts.
Special adviser to the TTBBC Buxo Potts explained the significance of winning a WBC title referring to it as the equivalent to winning an Olympic medal. “As you know in the world of boxing, the WBC titles are the epitome of boxing. Winning a WBC title is equivalent to winning a silver medal at the Olympics or for amateurs you go to the Commonwealth Games and you come out with a medal. A boxer that wins a WBC international title has a direct shot at the world title. WBC title is immediately under the world title.” Ria Ramnarine will also be making a return to the ring and will take on Guyana’s Stephaney George. The women weighed in at 108 and 106 pounds, respectively. The amateur card will see T&T and Guyana in battle. Youngster Mikel Alexander will battle Guyana’s Imran Khan. The bout will also have Hinds matching up with Scott Hutchison of Canada in Mixed Martial Arts. Local favourite Isadore will battle Guyana’s Cassius Matthews.
Jamilla Jones v Tiana Sosa Saney
Prince Lee Isidore v Cassius Mathews
Ria Ramnarine v Stephaney George
Kirt Senette v Joey Vegas