Female boxers spar in the USA
LOCAL female boxer Kimberly Jackson held her own as she matched gloves against Italian Laura Incarnato at Oakland Boxing Gym in the USA recently.
The 16 year-old Siparia native is part of a five-member T&T female national amateur boxing team currently in camp in Ft Lauderdale, Florida, at the Canino’s Karate and Boxing Studio.
The boxers are being trained by former world champion and USA national coach Bonnie Canino. Coach Canino called upon some of her US colleagues and arranged the sparring session at the Oakland Gym.
“I have arranged for sparring partners from different gyms for the T&T girls. While some of the sessions will take place at my gym, quite a few are also scheduled to take place at different gyms throughout the Ft Lauderdale and Miami area. This will also test the girls on the mental side of training. Kimberly did very well against her older opponent, and showed qualities to be a champion. She has long arms and used her height and reach very well. She’s already showing improvement from a week ago, and I also see her areas that need to be strengthened,” Canino said.
Jackson’s opponent was 30 years old, and has been training about five years. Incarnato said she was very happy to spar with the Trinidadian and looks forward to another session. “I have been training about five years, though on and off between Italy and Florida. Now I am dedicating my time to my boxing and it is a privilege for me to work with someone from another country,” said the Italian.
One day before, team captain Chimere Taylor had a “test” against firefighter/boxer Tonya Cook. Cook was slightly shorter than Taylor but stocky and strong and mini-flyweight Stephanie Allen was not left out of the action. She did 10 rounds against five opponents, including three world champions.