Dharry turns down ESPN fight against WBO number one contender due to COVID-19

first_imgBy Faizool DeoACE Guyanese boxer Elton Dharry was forced to refuse an ESPN fight due to a lack of training stemming from COVID-19 lockdown protocols in place in New York.The Brooklyn resident, who has kept Guyana in the top 15 of the World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Flyweight division since 2014 and in the top 10 for two consecutive years (moving as high as fifth), was recently offered a fight against number one contender in the World Boxing Organisation (WBO) bantamweight division, Joshua Greer Jr.Dharry, who noted that the June 13 battle would have been a “huge fight” for him, said that the lockdown has hampered his gym time and he is unprepared.“I was very, very tempted to take the fight, but knowing I will not be fully prepared due to the current situation I had to let it go.”The Top Rank fighter Greer Jr, who has 22 wins, one loss and a draw in his professional career, would have been Dharry’s second major fight in six months, given that the Leguan-born went up against Australian Andrew Maloney in November for the WBA Super Flyweight World title.Though he lost the very close bout (via a debatable stoppage by the referee one second into the ninth round), the Guyanese proved his dominance in the ring. Not only did he drop his opponent (was not acknowledged by the referee), but he burst Maloney’s eardrum in the fifth round.Since lockdown started on March 22 in New York, Dharry has had to resort to regular training at home. He even travelled to Pocono Mountains (Poconos) in Pennsylvania to get sparring sessions, but no boxer was available.The US-based Guyanese, who has fought professionally for the last 16 years said that he is looking forward to getting back into the ring, but it must be after he is prepared.“I’m hoping to fight later this year. I’ll be ready as soon as I can get back in a gym and start sparring.”last_img read more


Damaris Tuffuoh to represent UniBank in Brazil

first_imgThe official bankers of the Black Stars UniBank will be represented by Madam Damaris Tuffuoh of the Spintex branch of the bank in Brazil after she came as tops in the UniBank special quiz for staff for Brazil held  at the main auditorium of GIMPA on Saturday The contest which  saw each representative of the bank’s over 20 branches represented all the country saw over thirty staff members battle over a just a slot for the Brazil trip.The quiz which lasted over four hours saw branches like the Harper Road,Spintex, Kosoa, Techiman, legal department, Treasury, North Industrial Area  all making it to the final with a representative each.Questions were well answered by all representatives to the surprise of the top hierarchy of the Bank but some mistakes from some the finalist were disappointing but saw madam Tuffour of the Spintex branch being precise and accurate on the day and ended up with the ultimate.Madam Tuffuor was cheered and congratulated by all members of the other losing branches and was grateful for the support from her branch members.“I am very happy to be the chosen one especially the only female for Brazil I will surely make UniBank proud there in Brazil because am going sell the bank’s image grand style since it is the only bank that cares for you”. She said. The Bank will therefore pay for all her expenses during her stay in Brazil from June 12 to July 13last_img read more


Swimming School for Pupils from Municipality Centar started

first_imgThe first group of primary school pupils from the Municipality Centar started with a free summer school of swimming at the Olympic pool Otoka from Monday, June 22nd. For this sports project for primary school pupils, the Municipality Centar has allocated 8.000 BAM.The swimming school is led by the teachers of physical education Adis Musanovic and Mirza Pasic, from the Centre for Sports and Recreation. The first group is consisted of 29 pupils of third and fourth grades from 11 elementary schools from Centar.‘’Children spend two hours a day at the pool, where we teach them the basics of swimming. The first shift ends on Friday, June 26th, the second shift has the term from June 29th to July 3rd, and the third group of pupils is scheduled from July 6th to 10th. Since there is a large number of children in shifts, we have hired another physical education professor registered at the Employment Service of the Sarajevo Canton’’, said Musanovic.As planned, 105 children aged from third to sixth grade will pass this free swimming school that is traditionally being organized by the Municipality Centar in cooperation with the Public Institution Center for Sports and Recreation. Transport is organized for the students of the summer swimming school.The project aims to enable students to take advantage of the leisure time during the summer vacation for sports activities and to, under the expert guidance of  the professors of physical and health education, acquire and master the basic elements of swimming, it was announced from the Municipality Centar.(Source: nap.ba)last_img read more