Early warning for local ‘Contender’ boxers

first_imgUnited Boxing Promotions boss Tyler Buxton, the man responsible for the Canadian team that will be going up against Jamaica’s top junior middleweights in the 2017 season of the ‘Wray and Nephew Contender’ boxing series, says things will not ‘end good’ for Jamaica’s No. 1 ranked boxer, Sakima Mullings, if he uses his usual fighting style against his boxers. Speaking to The Gleaner at the launch of the seventh season at Wray and Nephew on Tuesday night, Buxton says Mullings fights similar to the legendary Floyd Mayweather, but warned the top-rated Jamaican in the series to change his style if he hopes to stand a chance against his fighters. “Sakima is probably the best guy (on Jamaica team). I saw him fight when I was here in November. If he wants to shoulder roll and stand in front of these Canadian guys, he’s going to get knocked out. I know he didn’t fight a good opponent that night, but if that’s his style and if he thinks he is Mayweather, it is not going to end good for him if he doesn’t change his style before the main fight,” Buxton told The Gleaner. “Everyone has their style, but these Canadian guys punch very hard. If you look at their record, they knock guys out,” he added. Mullings, the 2014 winner with 19 professional wins and three losses, will face a rather inexperienced fighter in Winston Matthews, who has one win and a loss after two pro fights, in the opening bout on April 5 at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium on Old Hope Road. But Mullings was unfazed by the comments. “I don’t think I am Mayweather. I am Sakima Mullings, and I have never been knocked out in a pro or amateur fight in my life,” was his brief response. The seven other boxers representing the Jamaican team are Richard Holmes, Devon Moncriffe, Tsetsi Davis, Ramel Lewis, Meo Yeyo, Ricardo Planter and Gregory Miller. They will go up against Canadians Ryan Young, Frank Cotroni, Dave Leblond, Mike Breton, Larone Whyte, Phil Rose and John Ryan Wagner. This year’s winner will walk away with $2 million, second place will take home $500,000, third place $250,000 and fourth, $200,000. Fights will be aired live on TVJ. KNOCKOUTSlast_img read more

NLC students perform under pressure

first_imgStudents in the Industrial Instrumentation Foundation Trades program at the Fort St. John Campus of Northern Lights College showed their creativity during a recent piping project.Instructor Stacy Smith asked the students to construct three-dimensional (geometric) shapes that could be pressure tested (and hold) to 30 pounds per square inch (PSI).The projects yielded some impressive results, with the students proudly displaying their work in the classroom.- Advertisement -For more information on Trades and Apprenticeship programs at NLC, check the website at nlc.bc.ca or call the College at 1-866-463-6652. Photo:  Brittany Zarichney, Christine Micha, and Lucy Downey show off there projectlast_img read more

Mahrez’s Leicester return sets up chance to impress City

first_imgLeicester have struggled without their star midfielder, losing 2-1 at Everton before failing to beat struggling Swansea City 1-1 at home last weekend.Mahrez appeared to have been ruled out of Saturday’s match at the Etihad by Leicester manager Claude Puel when he addressed the media on Thursday and an immediate return still looks unlikely.However, Mahrez’s sudden U-turn could see Puel provide him with the perfect platform with which to show City why they should maintain their interest when the transfer window reopens in the summer.“I hope he can come back and work hard with the team sooner rather than later, of course, we will see,” Puel said.“The most important thing for me is to keep Riyad and the club and the fans united and in a good way about this. It is important to keep a good feeling together through these difficulties.”According to Sky Sports, Mahrez has been hit with a £240,000 ($334,000) fine for failing to report to training over the past week.The Paris-born player’s frustration is born out of Leicester’s astronomical demands for a player they signed for a reported £350,000 from French second division side Le Havre in 2014.– Transfer request –Despite a second transfer request from Mahrez in eight months, Leicester reportedly held out for £80 million, with even City’s cash-rich Abu Dhabi owners apparently unwilling to go beyond a deal worth £50 million plus a player City valued at £15 million, believed to be 21-year-old winger Patrick Roberts who is currently on loan at Celtic.“I want him to come back soon and play, because we enjoy watching him,” said City boss Pep Guardiola on the prospect of facing Mahrez.“I hope he’ll come back soon with Leicester and play at his level.”City had been forced into trying to find a quick fix when German winger Leroy Sane was ruled out for at least six weeks by ankle ligament damage, joining a growing injury list of attacking players.Adding to Mahrez’s anger is that other heroes of Leicester’s stunning title-winning triumph in 2015/16 — N’Golo Kante and Danny Drinkwater — have been allowed to leave the club and join Chelsea with far less resistance.However, the club and player could come to a mutually beneficial agreement at the end of the season despite the tension arising from the recent stand-off.Leicester’s hand may finally be forced by the fact that Mahrez will have two years left on his contract, the point at which many clubs choose to cash in before the value of their prized assets start to depreciate.While City may not be in such a desperate situation there could still be a queue for his services, with earlier reported claims in the French media that Liverpool were interested in a player who could fill the creative void left by Philippe Coutinho’s £142 million departure to Barcelona.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Riyad Mahrez could make a dramatic return for Leicester City against Manchester City on Saturday after ending his self-imposed exile and returning to training © AFP/File / Ben STANSALLLONDON, United Kingdom, Feb 9 – Riyad Mahrez ended his self-imposed exile from Leicester City on Friday, opening up the possibility of a dramatic return against Manchester City, whose pursuit of the Algerian provoked Mahrez’s stand-off with the Foxes.Mahrez, 26, has missed two Premier League matches and had not trained with the team since the move he desperately wanted to runaway leaders City fell through due to Leicester’s demands on January 31, transfer deadline day.last_img read more