Promising Barbadian amateur boxer Kimberley Gittens had a frustrating time in Trinidad and Tobago over the weekend in her latest major overseas assignment.
Police intervened to bring a premature end to an amateur boxing card on Saturday night that featured female boxers from the twin-island republic and Barbados.
Officials of the Trinidad and Tobago Amateur Boxing Association were told that the event was unsanctioned and they had no permission to stage the card being held at the Cosmic Gym.
Police stopped the card as local boxer Kimberly Jackson and Gittens were waiting for the announcement of the results of their four-round junior lightweight contest.
President of the TTABA, Cecil Forde, said he could not produce a document from the Trinidad and Tobago Boxing Board of Control giving the association permission to promote fights.”It was strange that the police would come to stop the card since we have been promoting cards all the time,” said Forde.
“Our last card was held less than a month ago and nobody came to stop it”.
TTABA sources say their calendar of events were submitted to the Boxing Board earlier in the year, approved and sanctioned, and as such Saturday’s international card was legal.
The TTABA president is pointing an accusing finger at people opposed to his administration who want to contest the next elections in October.
“While there was no board in place, the association received a document from the last board before its term was up, giving us permission to promote bouts,” Forde explained.
“The thing is I could not find it with the melee and so we had no choice to discontinue the bout. I have a copy of the document as well as (one from) the Sport Company of Trinidad and Tobago so we have nothing to hide”.
Trinidad and Tobago’s female amateur boxers’ are preparing for the upcoming Elite Female Continental Championships in Venezuela.
The young ones are being victimised by this atrocious act of ignorance and mischief,” declared Forde.
“Boxers who were taken off the streets will now be back out there and heaven alone knows what will become of them”.
Gittens, one of the best local amateurs, gave Barbados’ best showing in the AIBA Women’s World Boxing Championships at home in 2010, and also won a silver medal in her weight class at the Women’s Elite Continental Championships in Canada in 2012.
She has also been a member of the Barbados Defence Force Sports Programme in boxing.††