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Young boxers shine at Barbados tourney

Trinidad and Tobago's young boxers fared well in their recent trip to Barbados recently for the 35th Anniversary of that country's Amateur Boxing Associations celebrations, with a number of fighters bringing home medals.

Fifteen-year-old fighter Jarel Nunes of Arima-based Yan's Sporting Academy won gold despite being injured in his final bout, defeating Barbados' Chavanni Forde.

Malcolm Benjamin, 14, of Diego Martin's Champs Boxing Academy also shone to win gold against St Lucia's Joshua Durberry, while his clubmate Justin Parris fell at the final hurdle against Barbadian Javon Forde to take silver in the tournament.

In the Senior Division, T&T Defence Force boxer Azariah Agard won gold in the heavyweight division, while 15-year-old Matthew Charles secured silver in the middleweight novice category against Cabral Barriteau-Foster (Barbados) in the December 6-9 competition.

Overall, ten countries competed at the event, including Aruba, Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Lucia, USVI, St Maarten, in addition to St Lucia, T&T and the hosts.

Accompanying the T&T boxers were T&T Amateur Boxing Association (TTABA) president Cecil Forde, T&T Boxing Board of Control (TTBBC) special adviser Boxu Potts, TTBBC executive member Imtiaz Zaid Mohammed, Corsilda Skeete and coach Glenroy Anderson, who is also head coach at Champs Boxing Academy.

The young boxers are being preparing for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games (YOG) in China, while all the fighters in the 14-35 age group will be competing at the 2013 National Championships 2013, which run from January 30-February 3.

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