Trinidad and Tobago's Kirt Sinnette will have the advantage in height, reach and experience when he takes on London-based African light-heavyweight champion Joey Vegas of Uganda tonight for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) International title at Woodbrook Youth Facility.
The action begins at 5.30 p.m. and consists of four amateur fights, followed by four professional matches. Amateur bouts will feature Trinidad and Tobago boxers against Guyanese opponents, including top T&T amateur Michael Alexander, who fought well at the Americas Qualifying Tournament in Brazil earlier this year, but missed out on a spot at the 2012 London Olympics.
Also fighting on the local squad are Arshad Fabien, Akmal Stroude and Shaquille Gabriel.
Guyana will be represented by Olympic hopeful Imran Khan, Joel Williamson, Travis Hubbard and Jamal Thomas.
On the undercard, former women's world champion Ria Ramnarine (14 wins, six defeats) makes a return to the ring after a year and a half-layoff to fight Guyanese Stephanie George (five wins, eight defeats), who has defeats against Trinidadians Ramnarine, Vicki Boodram and Lisa Brown.
In July 2006, Ramnarine beat George by unanimous decision to land the vacant Women's International Boxing Association (WIBA) mini-flyweight (105lbs) world title. George has lost her last six fights, while Ramnarine has not fought since losing a WIBA light-flyweight world title fight to Russian Anastasia Toktaulova last July.
The main bout is not for a world title fight. Instead, Sinnette will battle Vegas for the regional International title which usually offers the winner a high world-ranking and a possible chance at fighting for a world title in the future.
Sinnette (21 wins, 17 KOs, one defeat) is the older fighter at age 38.
Vegas, who is 30 years old, has won 13 fights, with six by knockout and has also lost six fights, as well. He is expected to be the naturally heavier fighter, having fought as a heavyweight in the past.
Vegas thinks that Sinnette has never fought another boxer like him and predicts that the fight will not go the distance. Fact is, Vegas has fought just two boxers of note, losing by fifth round knockout to hard-hitting Colombian Edison Miranda. And early in his pro career, unbeaten British World Boxing Organisation (WB0) light-heavyweight world champion Nathan Cleverly (24-0) also posted a decision win over the African fighter.
Vegas won the African Boxing Union light-heavyweight title in April, when knocking out Egyptian Hany Ayito in the 11th round. Vegas has won his last two fights by knockout, but also has two defeats in his last four fights.
Sinnette has been ranked as high as #10 by the World Boxing Association (WBA), but has suffered from inactivity which is mainly due to lack of financial backing. He holds the Caribbean light-heavyweight title and also won the vacant WBA Fed-Latin title in 2009 with an 11th round knockout win over Bahamian Jermain Mackey.
Sinnette's lone loss in 22 fights was in 2007 when Mackey stopped him in the second round in the Bahamas.
UNIFIED BOXING PROMOTERS CARD
Light-heavyweight (175lbs)—Kirt Sinnette (T&T) vs Joey Vegas (Uganda)
Junior-welterweight (140 lbs)—Jamilla Jones vs Lee Ann Boodram
Light-flyweight (108 lbs)—Ria Ramnarine vs Stephanie George (Guyana)
Lightweight (135 lbs)—Prince Lee Isadore vs Cassins Mathews (Guyana)