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Kyghan Mortley Loses First Bout at AMBC Elite Boxing Tournament

Saint Lucian gentle middleweight boxer, Kyghan Mortley, misplaced his preliminary bout to Colombia’s Alexander Rangel Madariaga final Friday on the AMBC Elite Males &Girls Continental Championships now on in Guayaquil, Ecuador.

Kyghan Mortley
Kyghan Mortley

Regardless of Mortley placing up a powerful defence at Friday’s bout, the judges favoured the extra aggressive Rangel with a 5-0 resolution, with all 5 judges scoring the combat 30-27.

“I thought the judges’ decision would have been a bit closer,” Mortley. “I trained really hard for this fight. One of my main goals was to be as fit as possible for the fight. I wanted to ensure that my endurance was there, and it was there. I didn’t show any signs of fatigue during the fight.”

He added: “What I need to work on is sharpening my skills set in terms of being more technical. I need to work on delivering my combinations. My volume of punches should have been more.”

Leran Regis
Leran Regis

Mortley, 28, is one in all two boxers representing the island on the main event, the opposite being superheavyweight Leran Regis, 21.

Mortley took up boxing in 2009 and has competed within the Creole Boxing Championships, capturing three gold medals within the welterweight and middleweight divisions. He gained a silver medal on the OECS Boxing Championships within the welterweight division, and likewise competed in lots of invitational tournaments regionally.

Regis, who was supposed to satisfy Canada’s Jérôme Feujio on Monday, March 28, within the quarterfinals did so on Tuesday, March 29 (afternoon session), following a call by organizers final Saturday to declare Monday a relaxation day.

Bouts are scheduled from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. (afternoon session) and seven:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. (night session) Jap Caribbean Time. All fights within the event can be streamed stay throughout the afternoon and night classes and might be seen right here: http://ccebox2022.com/el-evento/

Nationwide Head Boxing Coach, Conrad Fredericks, stated the younger fighters have an awesome future and have labored exhausting even throughout the COVID-19 pandemic to hone their abilities.

“Kyghan fought his best,” stated Fredericks. “Returning to competitive boxing after two years, he has demonstrated good behaviour. Despite last Friday’s outcome, we’re expecting many great things from him. He has a great future ahead of him.”

Talking on Regis’s upcoming combat, Fredericks stated: “He’s a young and brave fighter and we expect him to do great things in this and future tournaments. We will watch him closely in this tournament, which has turned out to be a rough outing for even many experienced boxers. So we’re hoping that Regis can pull us through the rounds.”

In the meantime, David “Shakes” Christopher, President of the St. Lucia Boxing Affiliation (SLBA), has additionally showered reward on Mortley’s outing final Friday. Christopher stated that regardless of Mortley’s profession being placed on pause for 3 years following a shoulder damage in 2014, the boxer has put in nice effort.

“He fought a good fight, but failed to be aggressive,” stated Christopher. “After not competing for quite some time now, he was overly cautious. It’s something he will need to work on going forward, but we’re proud of his effort.”

Christopher additionally inspired Regis forward of his bout to deliver his A-game on Tuesday, noting that the teenager is without doubt one of the greatest abilities for the way forward for boxing in Saint Lucia.

The AMBC Elite Males & Girls Continental Championships run from March 22 to April 2, and options boxers from 24 international locations from the Americas and a Truthful Likelihood Group. Saint Lucia is the only real OECS nation competing on the event.

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