0

Lewis makes 2016 Contender debut tonight

first_imgRamel ‘Sub Zero’ Lewis, a former finalist in the ‘Wray & Nephew Contender’ series, will make his 2016 debut tonight against Fard ‘The Messenger’ Muhammad from Las Vegas, Nevada, in a five round fight.The fight will be broadcast live on Television Jamaica at 9.30 pm.Lewis, who has a record of six wins, which include three knockouts and three losses, has not fought since May 2014, when he lost to Tsetsi Davis in another Contender bout. He added a lot of weight during this time and had some difficulty coming down to the 147 welterweight limit.LOSING WEIGHTHis camp has stated that he has been working very hard over the past six weeks, that his weight is down to the welterweight limit, and that he is in good condition. He told The Gleaner recently that he is “feeling great, and looking forward to the first fight.”Lewis is known to be a hard-hitting fighter with power in both hands and is always a feared opponent. He is also quite vulnerable, however, as he leaves himself wide open at times.His opponent, Muhammad, is a late replacement and is a mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter, who is making his debut as a professional boxer. His record shows that he has a 3-3 MMA professional record and fought as recently as February 20 as a bantamweight. Fighting as a welterweight tonight, he should not have any problems making that weight and could well be giving away a lot of pounds against Lewis.It will be interesting to see how he adjusts to the cleaner style of professional boxing. In MMA, one can use hands and feet and wrestle an opponent to the canvas. Boxing skills are necessary, but are not the primary weapons in MMA. The rules of professional boxing are very different, and Muhammad will have to change his style a lot to cope with the new format.The boxers in the competition are vying for the Wray & Nephew Welterweight Contender 2016 title and prize money of $2 million for the champion, $500,000 for the runner-up, $250,000 for third place, and $200,000 for fourth place.last_img read more

0

GOL Snubs Traditional Council’s Peace Building Retreat

first_imgAt least seven government officials invited to participate in the just-ended two-day national peace building retreat by the members of the National Council of Chiefs and Elders (NACCEL), chose not to attend, and the gathering of over 250 chiefs and civil society organizations expressed disappointment about their behavior.Government officials invited included Information Minister Eugene Nagbe, National Elections Commission (NEC) chairman Jerome Korkoya, Attorney General and Justice Minister Benedict Sannoh, Finance and Development Planning Minister Amara Konneh, Senate Pro temp Amarh Jallah and House Speaker Alex Tyler. Former Internal Affairs Minister Blamo Nelson, who was also invited, was absent.Defense Minister Brownie J. Samukai, who was also invited but could not personally attend, was represented and expressed his regret and also declared declared his support for the initiative. He stated that traditional leaders must educate Liberian children to make peace with themselves in building a peaceful society for the future.Until the closure of the retreat yesterday evening, there was no official communication from the absentee government officials about their absence, which was interpreted by the elders and chiefs as a sign of disrespect.According to organizers, the retreat, which brought fifteen paramount chiefs from 15 of Liberia’s sub-political divisions, was intended to deliberate and find the way forward on recent disturbing issues that have come up in the country.On the first day of the retreat, Chief Zanzan Karwor, head of the National Council of Chiefs, catalogued events including the mysterious of death of Harry Greaves, Jr., the arrest and the subsequent disturbance by hundreds of young people who demanded the release of the victim and most of all the call for Liberia to be designated as a Christian Nation, a suggested clause which Liberian Muslims regard as a plot by some disgruntled politicians to divide the country and throw it into chaos.The theme for the first day was ‘Dialogue among leaders to promote peace and patriotism, nationalism and national symbols’ and was moderated by Cultural Ambassador Juli Endee.The second day’s theme, moderated by Rev. J. Emmanuel Z. Bowier, focused on ‘How to sustain peace using traditional mechanisms (peace hut).Other organizations that failed to send representatives included the Press Union of Liberia, Campaigner for Change and Sure Liberia, the Liberia Council of Churches, Civil Society Organization and the Lebanese Business Community.Those present were representatives of the Muslim Council of Liberia, Coalition for Transformation of Liberia, MOH-Global Communities and The Carter Center.Ambassador Endi moderated the final session, titled ‘the way forward’ but without the presence of government officials intended to get involved in the discussion and the deliberations, the elders and chiefs expressed their disappointment.The chairman of the Coalition for Transformation of Liberia, Archie Sannor, who was recently arrested and later released, told the chiefs and elders that the young people do not disrespect their leaders, including President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.However, he recounted corrupt practices by unnamed government officials that have been prosecuted and mentioned the abundant natural resources that are not used to make life better for ordinary Liberians.“We are citizens of this country, chiefs and elders, and so when things are not done for the people, we as young people have the right to demand why from our government, and this is interpreted to mean disrespect to our leaders,” Sannor argued.Sannor appealed to the elders and chiefs to engage the government to change how things are done in the country to bring real development to the land and its people. “We don’t have electricity, poor roads and even some roads are constructed three times, wasting money that could have been [saved if the job was done well the first time]. Our country, compared to others is the worst and least developed, yet we are blessed with natural resources that other countries don’t have,” he said.Representing the Muslim Council of Liberia, Ali Sylla, re-echoed the council’s position against Proposition 24, which calls for a referendum to decide making Liberia a Christian Nation, and instead recommended, among other things, education and economic empowerment to Liberians of all faiths.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more