Jamaican Michael Gardener, representing the Caribbean team in the Wray and Nephew Contender 2016 Series, makes his debut as a professional boxer tonight. Gardener will face USA boxer José Guzman, over five rounds in the fifth week of competition at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium. Fight time is 9.30 p.m. and the contest will be broadcast live on Television Jamaica. Last week the series heated up considerably when Guyanese boxer Revlon Lake fought a bruising battle against Anthony Woods from The Bahamas to take a majority decision, and tonight’s fight promises to be in the same vein. The 22 year-old Gardener is faced with a huge task, in this his debut, but he and his camp have stated that they are very confident of victory, despite the fact that Guzman, who is 27, is a seasoned professional with 20 fights on his rÈsumÈ. It is not an impressive one, as he has won six, lost 13, and had one draw, but the fact is that he has been a professional since 2006. He last fought on March 5, losing to John Hernandez in New York over six rounds. Gardener has been one of Jamaica’s best amateur boxers and has been a champion in both the welterweight and middleweight divisions. He has represented Jamaica in overseas competitions several times and is known to be a hard-hitting boxer. His major fault as an amateur was that being primarily a counter-puncher, he had the tendency to react and fight back rather than lead and be aggressive. As a result, he was usually coming from behind, and in a three-round fight, he therefore, found himself in trouble on several occasions. Over five rounds, he has some more time, but he still cannot afford to lose the early rounds as catching up would be difficult. The tactics that he uses tonight will be very important if he is to make a successful debut. He has good punching power, but his opponent, who was born in Puerto Rico and who has been living in the Bronx, New York, for some time, is quite likely to be very aggressive, so the ingredients are there for an exciting contest. The winner tonight moves into the quarter-final, and will be one step closer to the Contender 2016 title and first prize of $2million. The runner-up takes home $500,000, third place $250,000 and fourth place $200,000. In the next stage of the competition, the boxers will still challenge each other over five rounds, but the semi-finals will be over seven rounds, and the final in July will be a 10-round contest.
India has moved up a spot on the Global Entrepreneurship Index (GEI) of 2018 to occupy the 68th position among 137 countries. India was placed at the 69th rank last year.The United States retains its position at the top of the list, curated by Washington DC-based policy development organization Global Entrepreneurship and Development Institute (GEDI), that was released on Nov. 29. The institute aims to expand economic opportunities for individuals, communities and nations.India was at the 76th position in the index in 2014. Last year, the report noted India’s strength in product innovation while the country was deemed weak in the area of technology absorption.“Each country is ranked according to its GEI score to indicate overall entrepreneurship attitude and potential,” Jonathan Ortmans, the President of the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN), said during a session at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Hyderabad. A GEI score includes three main sub-indices: entrepreneurial attitudes, entrepreneurial ability, and entrepreneurial aspirations.The organization gathers data on the three indices of the local population. They then examine these against the prevailing social and economic infrastructure with factors such as broadband connectivity and the transport links to external markets.GEN India plans to appoint 30 state ambassadors who will lead all its initiatives in the country, including policy panels, entrepreneurship celebrations, national competitions and partnerships in their respective states.The network is conducting a series of public policy focused round table events in India to explore innovative public sector approaches to stimulate new firm formations and growth. Six to eight policy panels are being planned to reach all 30 states by the end of 2018 to promote entrepreneurship, create jobs, incentivize capital investments and work towards the sustainability of Indian enterprises by creating global linkages, it said in a statement.Countries that follow the United States at the top 10 places of the Global Entrepreneur Index are Switzerland, Canada, United Kingdom, Austria, Denmark, Iceland, Ireland, Sweden and France. Related ItemsEntrepreneurshipIndiaUnited States