Local fighters head to Canada
Four boxers from Controversy Gym will showcase their skills on an amateur card billed as “Canada v Bermuda” in Scarborough, Ontario, on Saturday.
George Cook, Adrian Roach, Robert Somner and Lovintz Tota will don the gym's green and black colours for the event, which will be held at the Ultra Sports Centre. They will be accompanied by coach Leo Richardson.
Roach, the youngest of the team at 17, will be stepping between the ropes for the sixth time, in his super-lightweight bout.
“It's always a good experience fighting away from Bermuda,” said, Roach, who attends Bermuda Institute. “I'm going into every fight with more knowledge and ring experience. My level is going up and up.”
Tota made his amateur debut in the Dover Boxing Club Annual Slugfest in New Jersey in May and is confident of a second successive victory.
“I've had some good preparations and I'm not too worried about my opponent,” said the 33-year-old middleweight.
“It feels good to get two fights in quick succession and hopefully I can fight again before the end of the year.”
Cook, 26, said he has been focusing on improving his conditioning ahead of his overseas debut.
“I'm feeling pretty good and I've put the training in,” said the super heavyweight.
“I've had a great camp and I've just got to stay sharp and focused. It's great to be going away as a unit from Controversy Gym.”
Somner, who also coaches at the gym located underneath Queen's Club, believes it is imperative for the island's young pugilists to gain overseas experience.
“I want to get a couple of fights under my belt before I retire,” said the middleweight.
“I'll probably retire next year and then focus on helping the youth. Leo [Richardson] has been putting in some great work at Controversy and is really helping bring boxing up in Bermuda.”
Another local boxer competing on the card is Domico Dill-Francis, of CedarBridge Academy.
The 15-year-old is part of the Bermuda Boxing Federation afterschool programme and will be accompanied by coach Jermal Woolridge,
“We will also have three other kids heading out and will be linking up with some of our partner gyms so our fighters can get some good sparring out there,” Nathan Dill, the BBF president, said.