That boxer Prince-Lee Isidore (11 wins, one defeat) took just to 132 seconds to dispatch Craig Storm was no surprise to anyone. But how does an inactive, 54 year-old boxer with a dismal record, gain Trinidad and Tobago Boxing Board of Control (TTBBC) approval to fight a young man almost half his age?
Storm had not fought in seven years, before meeting 28-year-old Isadore at the Chaguanas Indoor Sports Arena on Saturday night. Storm has also won just once in eight fights, and has been knocked out in seven of those fights. He barely lasted one round against Isidore on Saturday night.
“How did the Trinidad and Tobago Boxing Board sanction this fight between an old fighter and a young man building his career,” asked Paterson “Hassan” Mathews of the Gentle & Bear Boxing Institute, which workd at the Hasely Crawford stadium. “The Minister of Sport has to look into this.”
Mathews claimed that medical issues have plagued the past Boxing Board.
“Was this guy in any condition to fight when he could barely last 90 seconds in the ring,” Hassan declared. “How could the Board pass a fight for a 54 year-old man with a such a poor record.”
Defending the TTBBC’s decision to allow the fight was Deopersad Ramoutar, the recently-installed chairman of the Trinidad and Tobago Boxing Board.
“What I can say is that a technical committe met and saw no breaches of the boxing regulations,” Ramoutar said. “He was not the first choice. He was not even the second or third choice.”
Asked what would be repercussions had Storm died in the ring, Ramoutar said it was a risk all fighters took when going in the ring. He also spoke of Storm’s resilience, somewhere between beiing knocked out seven times.
“Of course, it was a concern,”Ramoutar said. “But to prevent Storm from fighting would be denying him the chance to make a living. He was not breaking any law and I do not know that Craig Storm is a bad fighter. Just because he had lost some fights doesn’t necessarily mean that he cannot fight.”
The professional fight was the first in Trinidad and Tobago for a year and promoted by Fine Line’s Bharath Ramoutar (No relation to Deopersad Ramoutar).
“I needed to get him (Isidore) back in the ring,” promoter Ramoutar said. “It had been eight months since Prince-Lee fought. We had a situation where there was no Boxing Board and that has hampered everyone’s career. Professional boxing is in a mess in Trinidad and Tobago .
“Craig was a last minute replacement because the original opponent from Guyana (Orlando Rogers) failed to turn up at the airport,” Ramoutar said. “It has been over a month and a half that we have been trying to get a Caribbean opponent. They kept saying yes, then pulling out. There are almost no other local options, and Craig had been around for about three months looking for a fight. We thought that he would not have been bad over six rounds. But, mainly, we needed to get Isidore active again.”