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Fight Night kicks off in Chaguanas tonight

News day / Smith, of the Rough House Gym in Trinidad, weighed in at 151.2 pounds at the National Boxing Gym, Hasely Crawford Stadium in Mucurapo, yesterday.

Banai of Simson Gym in Suriname weighed in at 154.8 pounds.

Fight promoter Bharath Ramoutar is expecting a competitive bout tonight. Ramoutar said, “Smith, an undefeated fighter from the Rough House Gym is rough and ready to clash fist and feet with Joey, who is just eager to take the title home to Suriname.” Banai’s coach Angelo Simson respects Smith but believes his kickboxer will come out victorious.

Simson said, “We already know that Omar Smith is a very good fighter. Rough House Gym is a very good gym. We know that they have talented fighters, so we don’t underestimate him. We expect that the crowd will have a very entertaining fight, but we still expect to win.” Smith’s coach and manager, Adam De Silva, said they agreed to fight Banai because of Suriname’s proud history in the sport.

De Silva said, “Suriname has some of the top kickboxers in the Caribbean. They produce world class kickboxers consistently and many of their kickboxers go to the international level. We brought him here because we wanted to test Omar’s skills.” The supporting card includes eight non-title bouts, as kickboxers from a number of schools will compete. Some of the schools participating are Fine Line Fight Factory, Rough House, Team Elite, Jian Wu, Thai Warriors and Golden Phoenix.

Ramoutar also anticipates a stiff showdown for the national welterweight crown. “Another exciting bout is the local clash between long-time rivals, Andell Lakhan and Vimal Jagoo. The two will finally settle who is the best, as they battle for the national welterweight title over five rounds.” Wrestling will also entertain the spectators, who must pay $100 for general tickets and $150 for ring side.

Professional wrestlers will add to the excitement and entertainment, as the local wrestling association brings two top tag teams with the Thunder Warriors seeking to expose the Masked Assailants, during a midway segment of the event.

The event will also have explosive karate demonstrations by two of the top athletes from the Team Elite School. Tickets are available at the Fine Line Gym in Chaguanas, Centre City Mall in Chaguanas and at the Rough House Gym in St James. For more information contact 772-9640 or 763-1187

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