‘Return of the Scorpio’ boxing card: Marques eager to get ‘one up’ on Colombians

Dexter Marques going through the paces in training

The ‘Return of the Scorpio’ pro/am card will see a number of Guyanese professional pugilists stepping into the ring on Saturday after a long hiatus. One such boxer, who hasn’t battled in a little over a year, is Dexter ‘The Kidd’ Marques, who is keen to trounce Colombia’s Luis Carillo in their Super- Bantamweight 8-round encounter.
In an exclusive interview with Guyana Times Sport, Marques detailed his preparation ahead of D-day.
“My preparation is so good so far, because I put in a lot of work in the past three months, and you know I’m always in the gym, even before. As a boxer, you always go to be in the gym, don’t wait for something to happen and then take part in it,” the boxer explained.
Marques added, “But, it’s good. I have a new team working with me. I really appreciate the effort they’re making for me.”
Zeroing in on his opponent, Marques revealed his history in rivaling Colombian fighters, as he expressed an intention to exact his revenge.
Marques revealed to this publication, “Colombia. My last amateur fight, I been to Colombia at the CAC Games and I lost to a Colombian. So, I always want to get to fight back a Colombian, because I was in a Colombian fight and the decision didn’t come my way. Now it’s my hometown; it’s professional, not amateur; it gives me a lot more exposure to do what you gotta do. As a pro, you have to know what you want to do,” he further stated.
In light of the lack of competitions for professional boxers of late, Marques went on to touch on the importance of the upcoming bout, encouraging patrons to support the Guyanese pugilists.
“It get a lot to do with promoters, and Government now trying to do what they have to do to support amateur and professional boxers now. It was a long layoff for us, but I will say again: I always dedicate myself into my training. I always believe in myself (that) a day must come I must shine and my time. And I think coming on Saturday, is my time,” the pugilist said about dealing with the long layoff.
On a different note, Marques added, “On Saturday, just come out and support our Guyanese fighters. Each and every one of we, Elton Dharry, me and the girls. All of we put our best foot forward to do what we gotta do, and I’m sure confident in myself and my team we’ll come out successful.”
The ‘Return of the Scorpio’ card is set for the National Gymnasium tomorrow, Saturday, June 3. (Jemima Holmes)