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Crunch time for Biscuits

Crunch time for Biscuits Stevenson Belle is coming hard for four-time champ Hoskins “Biscuits” Worrell and fellow challenger Martinus Durrant. (FP)

By Mike King | Fri, October 26, 2012 - 12:03 AM

Stevenson Belle says he is bringing professional-calibre condition, and Martinus Durrant says he is back to his razor-sharp best.

It all adds up to what should be a stellar contest as they face reigning champion Hoskins “Biscuits” Worrell at tomorrow night’s Darcy Beckles Invitational Classic at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.

This contest is about more than just the $4 000 first prize, it is about pride, as for the first time this year all of the top bodybuilders in the country will slug it out toe-to-toe on stage.

Worrell, the reigning Central American and Caribbean (CAC) light middleweight champion, has won all four previous contests, and must know that nothing less than an “A” game will stop the dynamic Durrant and the supremely confident Belle.

Durrant has been training once a day, six days a week, at the Sundown Fitness Centre in Tudor Street under the watchful eye of gym owner and former Bernard Sealy Classic winner, Orlando Blenman.

“Forget the Nationals. That’s history. I know I was off then, I am different now. I am on.

“I am bigger and better. The boys ain’t going to be ready for the Martinus that is coming this weekend,” he said yesterday.

For those who are saying that the contest will be a showdown between Durrant and Worrell, think again. Belle, who announced himself last season by capturing Mr Barbados, says he is stepping on stage with 200 pounds of muscle.

“I am in good shape. I know I am ready for battle. Look for pro-calibre conditioning. I feel I can win.

“It is going to be a good fight. I have put in the work. Every body part has improved,” said the rugged Coast Guard officer.

It’s the first time that the Vincentian-born Durrant is flexing muscle in this contest and the first time he will clash with Belle.

This will be the toughest contest of the season, with reigning Mr Barbados Ramon Broomes not guaranteed a place in the top four. That’s because of the depth of the field that includes Guyanese heavyweight Mark Perry and the resilient Ricardo “Cou Cou” Bascombe.

St Lucia will be represented by four competitors but they don’t include towering police officer Rolandson “The Beast” Auguste, who has not been able to get the time off from work.

The Invitational will be preceded by an open competition that will attract the crowd-pleasing Patrick Harris, former Mr Bridgetown Therold Babb, charismatic Sammy Eastmond and the persistent Joseph “Runt” Bourne.

The figure contest should also be intriguing. Nationals champ Ramona Morgan starts as favourite but can expect a fierce challenge from Antoinette Downie, who has the shape and proportion to steal the spotlight. St Lucia’s Velda John will be hard-pressed to stop a 1-2 Barbados finish.

There are five women entered so far for the bikini competition, but that contest has been devalued by the absence of Saskia Griffith, this season’s Barbados and Caribbean queen.

Nationals’ divisional winner Natalie Webb is also missing out but fans can look out for the stylish Nadia Bretney and Shakira Doughlin.

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