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TT boxers bag eight medals at Caribbean tourney

News day / Nyrell Hosein was victorious in the 46-kilogramme category while Juan Rodriguez got gold in the 53 kg. Also in winners’ row for the TT squad were Denzel Massy (63 kg) and Nickelle Joseph (75 kg).

The pugilists who returned home with silver medals from the second edition of the School Boys and Junior Champs were Abdul Taylor (39kg), Tyrique Hosein (43kg), Edwin Felix (54kg) and Blessing Waldropt (57kg).

The squad, which also included coaches Merril Simon and Jason Aqui, as well as manager Cecil Forde, returned home yesterday and were involved in a brief welcome reception at the VIP Lounge, Piarco International Airport.

According to Simon, “I think the team did well. It was very interesting with the youths and everybody was anxious to go out there and do it. They did what they said they (were) going to do.” He continued, “they fought well. They trained hard for it and there will be more to come in the future, so long as we get more youths on board. It’s a way to keep them off the streets and heading for what they want to do.” Concerning the attitude of the fighters, who ranged between 13-17 years of age, Simon remarked, “kids will always be kids. You have to keep looking after them and looking over them.

“You just have to keep them concentrated on what they (came) to do.

“But they (were) in high spirits so, even though they behaved badly at times, you’ll get 100 percent out of (them).” The event, which began on Thursday and ran until Sunday, saw competitors from hosts Guyana, TT, St Lucia, Jamaica and Barbados.

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