Blakeney backs local pair ahead of big fight night

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Sports Minister Glenn Blakeney meets fighters Sentwali Woolridge and Bermuda's women's world champion at a press conference yesterday.

    Photo by Akil Simmons Sports Minister Glenn Blakeney meets fighters Sentwali Woolridge and Bermuda's women's world champion at a press conference yesterday.

Minister of Sport Glenn Blakeney yesterday threw his support behind both Teresa Perozzi and Sentwali Woolridge as the duo prepare for titles fights in the ‘All or Nothing’ show at the Fairmont Southampton Hotel on Saturday night.

Perozzi will be looking to unify the World Boxing Association (WBA) and World Boxing Commission (WBC) middleweight titles when she fights Tori Nelson for the vacant WBC belt.

The Bermudian won the WBA title year and then successfully defended it in March against April Ward at Berkeley Institute to set up this weekend’s fight.

She will be introduced again by the Gombeys who will escort her to ring.

“As the Minister of Sports, it is my distinct pleasure to join our world boxing champion for her upcoming fight this Saturday at Southampton Princess,” said Blakeney.

“On behalf of the Government of Bermuda, know that we will be cheering you as on as you represent the country in what we hope will be another historic victory.”

Perozzi says she’s hoping for the same bumper crowd that cheered her on in her last fight.

“I would like to thank everyone who has supported me in my endeavours in the sport. I have been doing it for ten years now and after my last bout at the Berkeley Institute I am anxious to get on with the fight come Saturday,” she said.

“It is important for us as a country to put on a good show for the world to see and since it is a unification bout I would like to have both of the belts to reside in Bermuda.

“It was amazing to see at the last fight that Bermuda came together. The different classes, ages and so forth all came out in one voice and I’m really looking forward to Saturday night and special thanks to all those who have helped me prepare for this fight.”

On top of the undercard, Woolridge will compete against Canada’s Daniel Kechego in five rounds of action for the AMTAC Intercontinental middleweight title, while Bolivia’s Jennifer Salinas will clash with USA’s Karen Dulin for six rounds.

“I am very excited about this fight, it is a championship fight and I have been working very hard to prepare for this match,” said Woolridge. “I have had two fights recently and won them both so I am looking to finish the year unbeaten and win the coveted title.

“I have also been training in China to better my techniques and Iam pretty confident of my ability and skill level, so I can’t wait for the bell to go.”

Some of the Island’s up and coming boxers will compete in the amateur boxing bouts, and including Danzil Smith, Jared Jimenez, Stephen Wright, Deondre Burgess, Chris Wilson and Shannon Ford.

The K-1 kick boxing competitions will feature Khalid Pitcher, Corey Boyce, Jeron Gunness, Reyel Bowen and Samir Furqan.

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Published Oct 9, 2012 at 8:00 am (Updated Oct 8, 2012 at 7:06 pm)

Blakeney backs local pair ahead of big fight night

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