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Manswell to join Don King

By WALTER ALIBEY Sunday, March 25 2007

RUGGED Trinidad and Tobago heavyweight boxer Kertson Manswell told Newsday he will soon be linking up with flambouyant boxing promoter Don King.

At a press conference called on Friday, Manswell announced he was quitting boxing in local rings.

He said he has already bought his ticket for an Ohio camp with the world renowned boxing promoter, and expected to leave for the camp by mid-April.

But Manswell said he will make his request to King and other officials during the Point Fortin Borough Day celebrations.

He said he will call it quits from local boxing after his forthcoming bout against Ecuadorean Hugo Abud on March 29 at the Jean Pierre Sports Complex, Mucurapo.

Manswell is disappointed over what he claims, is the vindictiveness of the Trinidad and Tobago Boxing Board (TTBB) led by Melchior Taylor towards boxers.

He is claiming the board is acting outside of its jurisdiction with respect to finances being given to boxers and their management teams.

Only recently Manswell and his management team which include Gordon Hoyte submitted a proposal to the Sports Ministry for a budget of $140,000 to cover expenses for the Universal Boxing Council (UBC) card at the Complex. But from that amount Manswell claims the board approved only $51,000, although the Ministry expressed a willingness to foot the expenses.

According to Manswell his team had to source funding elsewhere and was able to raise a further $30,000 to date. Manswell said he will consider a request by Point Fortin residents to fight a final time in the Southland before pulling out of local boxing.

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