Tampa PBW Championships Prejudging Report and Photos
by Allan Donnelly
August 9, 2008
After the prejudging at the Tampa Pro Bodybuilding Weekly Championships on Saturday, Toney Freeman and Dennis James are neck and neck heading into tonight's finals.
Freeman is getting closer and closer to regaining the form he displayed in early 2007, when he vaulted himself into the upper echelon of the professional ranks. James, meanwhile, took the stage at 240 pounds, his lightest since the 2003 Olympia, when he placed fourth. Who comes out on top in Tampa will be based on what the judges prefer, the hardness and conditioning of James or the shape and size of Freeman.
David Henry, the likely winner of the 202-Pound Class, looks to be a solid third after the prejudging. After that, it's anybody's guess who will round out the top five in a three-way race between Darrem Charles, Tarek Elsetouhi and Fouad Abiad.
For more on the Tampa Pro Bodybuilding Weekly prejudging with Bob Cicherillo, check the FLEX Forums.
The deepest and most competitive 202-Pound Class to date, deeper even than the Under 210 at last year's Europa. David Henry, Flex Lewis and Roc Shabazz are embroiled in a battle for top honors, with each bringing something to the table that the other is not. Henry oddly enough, is the least conditioned of the three but the thickest. The 24-year-old Lewis, making his professional debut, has the best lines and structure while Shabazz is at his all-time best in terms of conditioning.
For more on the 202-Pound Class from Bob Cicherillo, check the FLEX Forums.
It appears as if last year's rookie sensation, Nicole Ball, will continue her recent string of successes. Ball won the light division at the Atlantic City Pro in her professional debut a year ago before placing 8th at the Olympia, and looks to be a lock for her second straight Olympia qualification. Debbie Bramwell, Wendy McCready, Kim Perez and Annie Rivieccio will battle it out for the top five and the other two Olympia qualifications.
Gian Enrico Pica
MENS 202 BODYBUILDING
Carlos Majid Rabiei
James Flex Lewis
Richard Tricky Jackson