Sambury new bois champion

Roger Sam­bury copped the 2019 Na­tion­al Stick-fight­ing ti­tle at the Ari­ma Velo­drome on Wednes­day night.

St Mary’s res­i­dent Sam­bury de­feat­ed An­der­son Mar­cano, from Princes Town, to the de­light of a packed au­di­ence who gath­ered at the Velo­drome to wit­ness one of the Car­ni­val sta­ples.

In the fi­nal, Mar­cano and Sam­bury ini­tial­ly en­tered the gayelle and danced in cir­cles feel­ing out each oth­er, al­most like a box­ing match but with one-inch thick poui branch­es that were as much as four feet long as their weapon of choice.

Sam­bury was vis­i­bly larg­er than his op­po­nent, but this was a bat­tle of skill rather than strength.

Sam­bury leant in­to Mar­cano ear­ly in the fight, strik­ing his op­po­nent on the shoul­der and then on the back.

It drew a loud gasp from the au­di­ence. Less than 30 sec­onds af­ter the restart, Sam­bury stormed to­wards Mar­cano once again, his height and pow­er catch­ing the lat­ter off guard and send­ing the Princes Town fight­er to the floor.

Sam­bury helped Mar­cano off the floor to restart the fight but there would be no such thing.

Once back on his feet, Mar­cano hand­ed his stick to one of the ring­mas­ters, as loud screams of “Bois” could be heard from the au­di­ence, who stayed to the end de­spite a heavy show­er ear­ly on in the pro­ceed­ings.

Sam­bury then glee­ful­ly start­ed vic­to­ry cel­e­bra­tions by hoist­ing his stick in­to the air as the ring­mas­ter lift­ed him off his feet, crown­ing a new King of the Rock.

Sel­wyn John, who was king of the gayelle two years ago, had to set­tle for third this year in the event which cel­e­brates the his­toric tra­di­tion­al stick fights of yes­ter­year.

The tra­di­tion con­tin­ues through­out Trinidad and To­ba­go, es­pe­cial­ly in the rur­al parts such as Princes Town, Moru­ga and La Brea where the best fight­ers come from.

Reporter: Ryan Bachoo