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Maxwell ready for his big night out

Some of the Island's top amateur boxers will be among the attractions at tonight's “The Homecoming” card at BAA Gymnasium.

Headlining the 12-bout card, being organised by the Bermuda International Boxing Association, is the match-up between Leo Richardson, of Controversy Gym, and Chioke Tucker, of Forty Rego's Gym, in the super-heavyweight division.

Richardson has earned a reputation for conquering bigger opponents, but could find his work cut out against Tucker, who has broadened his horizons in Britain, where he sparred with European champions.

“That is going to be a great spectacle,” Leroy Maxwell, the BIBA president, said. “Chioke has made weight and is looking great and I am sure Leo is looking great as well.”

Tonight's featured bout will be Tucker's last as an amateur before he steps up to the professional ranks.

Another mouth-watering super-heavyweight clash will feature Stefan Dill, of Police Gym, against Archie Tucker, of Controversy Gym.

As well as jaw-dropping action in the ring, the event will include the likes of Clarence Hill, Troy Darrell and Quinn Paynter among the past greats to be acknowledged for their contributions to local boxing.

“We are going to honour all the boxers from back in the day,” Maxwell said. “It is a wonderful feeling for BIBA to put on a show like this, which also features a lot of up-and-coming boxers.”

Maxwell, a former heavyweight boxer, added that tonight's card is the culmination of years of careful planning and the first of more to come.

“BIBA has worked very hard putting this together,” he said. “Everyone has given us their blessing and we just have to stay positive for the boxers coming up as well as the boxers from back in the day and keep working as a family.

“This is our first event and we intend for it to go off without any hitches. Spectators are going to enjoy a wonderful night of boxing. Ticket sales have gone wonderfully and people are very excited about coming to this fight night. They are very supportive and that has given us a reason and drive to keep pushing forward.”

The Bermuda Boxing Federation, the governing body locally, has refused to sanction tonight's card and warned participants that they risk being ruled ineligible for International Boxing Association-sanctioned events such as the Olympics, Commonwealth Games, CAC Games and Pan Am Games.

Leroy Maxwell, the BIBA president, and trainer Allan 'Forty' Rego

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Published May 10, 2014 at 9:00 am (Updated May 10, 2014 at 1:39 am)

Maxwell ready for his big night out

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