Hall Travels Overseas To Attain Olympic Dream
The former Daily News Golden Gloves amateur boxing champion will compete with three other fighters for the opportunity to join the Guyanese Olympic Boxing team.
Hall left on Thursday to compete in a showcase in which he must defeat two boxers on Saturday and Sunday in three round bouts to become the featherweight representative for the Guyanese team at the 2012 Olympics to be held in London.
The 24-year old told the Wave that he relishes the opportunity to reach his goal.
It’s my first fight on the international level and its something different,” Hall said. “I’m looking forward to the opportunity to showcase my talent.
Hall though his dreams if fighting the Olympics could become a realistic one when he won the Daily News 125-pound novice class title in April of 2009.
But to make that dream a reality, Hall had to network around the boxing community. He then spoke to Lennox Blackmore, a trainer and former Guyanese welterweight champion who competed at the Pan- American Games and the Com-monwealth Games.
Blackmore directed Hall in the right path to raise the funds and make connections in Guyana to get a Olympic opportunity.
Hall also trained with Kevin Morrison of the New Legends Boxing Club to improve his standing in the ring. Hall came off a disappointing loss in the Golden Gloves this year when he lost in the 123-pound open class semifinals to Marcos Suarez.
“He [Morrison] has me throwing a lot more combinations and punches. He doesn’t want me to throw for one round,” Hall said of Morrison’s techniques. “He wants to me fight for all three rounds. If you start strong and finish strong, you will have no doubts.”
There will be many family members and friends who will come out to the Georgetown Sports Hall to see him fight. Hall says he is a bit nervous but that comes with the territory of stepping into the ring to win. With plenty of confidence
“I have to take control from the bell to the bell. Being in control means I’m not letting him exercise his game plan on me,” Hall says.
“I train hard and there is one thing I learn through my trainer Kevin Morrison. He said as long as you train hard and believe what you can do, it doesn’t matter what the other fighter brings to the table. Just make sure you’re in shape and get ready to fight.”