The Guyana Boxing Association (GBA) will soon have a place to call its own, according to president, Steve Ninvalle. Ninvalle reported that the GBA is in the process of securing a plot of land from the Government of Guyana to establish what will be its home for Amateur Boxing.
The approximately $50M facility, when completed, will have a 20-room dormitory, kitchen area, and a state-of-the-art gym.
With an artist impression and ‘plan’ already in place, Ninvalle revealed that upon completion, the facility will be the first of its kind in the English-speaking Caribbean.
The idea, Ninvalle reasoned, is to make Guyana the hub for boxing in the Caribbean, where countries will come to prepare and train for major tournaments.
He added, that already, boxers in the Region are using the ‘Land of Many Waters’ as a base for their camp, pointing to the three boxers currently in Guyana from Trinidad getting ready for the Junior Pan Am Games in Cali, Colombia.
Earlier this year, Trinidad and Tobago’s Aaron Prince also used Guyana as his location to prepare for the Tokyo Olympics.
“So this will be more than just a home for Guyana. You can look at it as a home for the Caribbean. We have some of the best boxers in the English-speaking Caribbean, so right now we’re seeing boxers already coming here,” Ninvalle said.
Ninvalle, who also serves as Vice-President of the American Boxing Confederation (AMBC), thanked Minister of Culture, Youth and Sport, Charles Ramson Jr., and the Government of Guyana, for their continued support of amateur Boxing.