Ricola Gym ready to spring surprise

first_img… National Novices starts tonightTHE Ricola Gym will be making their second appearance in two years at the annual Andrew Lewis National Novices Boxing tournament, which punches off at the National Gymnasium at 19:00hrs this evening.Ricola slipped in attendance at the annual tournament, following the death of head coach Donald Allison over a decade ago. Allison’s place was temporarily taken by Paulette Nurse who kept the gym afloat for a while. Then came former world-rated featherweight Clive Atwell who has injected new blood into the gym which is located in Agricola.Atwell has performed nothing short of magic in a short space of time and is in the process of completing a total revival of the gym.When the bell rings tonight Ricola Gym will throw down the gauntlet to reigning Novice champions Guyana Defence Force, Forgotten Youth Foundation, Young Achievers, Harpy Eagles, Rose Hall Jammers, Pocket Rocket and Vergenoegen Boxing Gym.Since switching from boxer to coach approximately one year ago, Atwell has reaped success especially during 2019.His charge, welterweight Shemar Beaton, made his international debut with a knock-out victory in Dominica in April and one month later secured another gold medal for Guyana at the Brian Lara 50th Birthday competition in Trinidad and Tobago.Atwell’s gym has grown in members and popularity since then and with such a dedicated coach may soon reclaim its place as one of the leading gyms in the country.For now, all attention is fixed on the National Novices and springing a few surprises. The National Novices competition is organised by Guyana Boxing Association (GBA) and will run until Sunday.last_img

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