Salandy defends title tonight
By Ian Prescott, T&T Express
Karolina Lukasik stripped down to bare essentials, her underwear, yesterday before coming away just a half-pound under the 154-pound limit for tonight's junior-middleweight world championship fight against Trinidad and Tobago's Jizelle Salandy, which takes place at the Centre of Excellence, Macoya.
Yesterday's weigh-in at the Sweet Lime Restaurant, Woodbrook, also saw Salandy, holder of the WBC and WBA junior-middleweight titles, tipping the scales at 150 pounds, the lightest she has been for some time.
Salandy, who has been prepared by USA-based Panamanian trainer Hector Roca, is confident of making a successful mandatory defence of her world titles, but Lukasik (9-0), the interim champion, is probably the toughest opponent Salandy has faced.
The women fight for eight titles, the major ones being the Women's International Boxing Association (WIBA) junior-middleweight title; Women's International Boxing Federation (WIBF) junior-middleweight title; International Women's Boxing Federation (IWBF) junior-middleweight title; Global Boxing Union junior-middleweight title; WBC female junior-middleweight title; and the WBA female junior-middleweight title.
Tonight's showdown will see Salandy (15-0) walking away with a US$40,000 purse, while her Germany-based Polish opponent will earn US$25,000.
The fight is the feature of a six-bout card, which also sees Kevin Placide looking to regain the WBE welterweight crown from Guyanese Denny Dalton, who knocked him out in the 10th round when they last met at Skinner Park, San Fernando last September.
Also in action will be hard-hitting locally-based Guyanese light-heavyweight Shawn Corbin (9-1), who takes on Venezuela's Oscar Chacin.
Action is scheduled to begin at 8 p.m., with tickets priced at $200 for general admission. Those wanting a ringside view will pay $300, while the cost for VIP patrons is $400.