Boxing mourns loss of `Bizzy’ Boyce

first_imgBy Michael DaSilvaThe local boxing fraternity is in a state of shock at the passing of top local boxing tactician Maurice `Bizzy’ Boyce,who passed away on Saturday, just four days after celebrating his 73rd birth anniversary.Boyce’s wife,Desiree,explained that her husband was ill for a while and on Monday last, family members took him to the hospital for treatment but he was not admitted. However, on Friday his condition worsened and he was taken back to the hospital and this time was admitted,but died the following morning.buckOn learning of Boyce’s death, his close friend and former boxing promoter, Keith `Buckallio’ Bazillio,expressed shock at the news stating that Guyana has suffered a great loss with Boyce’s passing.“Bizzy was not just a coach, he was always looking to see how best he can improve conditions for local boxers, he was always around to give advice to boxers and promoters and even those person who are charged with the administration of the sport locally” Bazillio stated.Bazillio added, “He (Boyce) was ill when the Guyana Boxing Board of Control (GBBC) staged its last card at the Giftland Office Max Complex a few weeks ago, but despite his illness, he found time to be there and was actually in the ring assisting in one of the corners…..it is really sad that he will not be around for the next local card or boxing in the future.”Bazillio recalled that Boyce was around with Andrew Murray when he won the Commonwealth title “and he (Boyce) was also around assisting wherever he could in ensuring local boxers are well prepared for making it to the top regionally and internationally” the former promoter pointed out.Bazillio recalled that Boyce was part of the technical team when Wayne `Big Truck’ Braithwaite won the world title in Italy,which was Guyana’s second world title after Andrew `Six Head’ Lewis had previously knocked out Greg page to win Guyana’s first world title.According to Bazillio, after Braithwaite’s achievement, Boyce said that Guyana is now pregnant with world champions, and “his word came to pass, because if you look at it…after `Big Truck’ won the world title, Gwendolyn O’Neil and Vivian Harris went on to win world titles….so his word came to pass…Bizzy will really be missed…this is really a sad loss for Guyana’s boxing”.Bazillio,who is a former light welterweight amateur boxer,extends his condolences to the wife, children and friends of Boyce,who had been been around local boxing for over 40 years with an input in the careers of almost all of Guyana’s top professional boxers.Among them, Michael Benjamin,for his first defence of the Continental of Americas title against Steve Lorrimer, Michael Reid, Kenny Bristol, Brian Muller, Albert Browne,as well as Anthony`The Pearl’ Andrews for his world title fight against Jorge Castro in the USA, and Joseph Murray for his FECABOX title fight.Boyce leaves to mourn his wife Desiree, two sons Jason and Rondell, many grandchildren and close friends.Chronicle Sport extends its heartfelt sympathy to Mrs.Boyce and her family in this period of mourning.last_img