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5'4" bantamweight Shondell Alfred was born in July 1981 in Guyana. She grew up in the depressed community of Albouystown where she took to athletics and later karate while in school. Alfred's father Cecil and uncle Morris had been amateur boxers but she says she began boxing as a pastime before encouragement from her family and friends turned her hobby into a career.

“Alfred’s father Cecil `Koker Dog’ Alfred was a tough, street savvy boxer who fought in the featherweight and lightweight divisions as an amateur. He also represented Guyana at a tournament in Jamaica" recalls referee/judge Eion Jardine. Cecil Alfred later turned professional.

Shondell began her own pro boxing career on February 19, 1999, winning a four-round decision over Stephaney George of Georgetown, who fell to 1-1.

On April 21 1999 in Georgetown she won a four-round decision over Sharon Johnson, also of Guyana and on August 1, 1999 she won a four-round decision over Shondell Thomas, another Guyanan who was making her own debut.

On June 9, 2000 at Casino Nova Scotia in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, Shondell (123 lbs) was TKO'd at 1:14 in the fourth round of a scheduled six-rounder by Austrian-born Doris Hackl (131 lbs) of Halifax, who was then the reigning IFBA Junior Lightweight champion and improved her own record to 5-0 with the win.  Hackl had also been a Canadian amateur champion.

On September 23, 2000 at Casino Rama in Rama, Ontario, Canada, Shondell (116 lbs) was TKO'd at 1:06 in the second round of a scheduled four-rounder with Lisa Brown (120 lbs) of Canada. Brown mounted a non-stop attack and stunned Alfred with a left hook that had her pitching and stumbling forward, prompting the referee to stop the bout.  Brown, who had also been a Canadian national amateur champion, improved her pro record to 3-0 with the win. 

Shondell returned to the ring on August 5, 2001 in Georgetown, Guyana with a four-round decision over pro debuter Jeanette Toby of Guyana.

On December 26, 2001 at Cliff Anderson Sports Hall in Georgetown, Guyana, Shondell TKO'd debuter Adanna Francis in the first round of a scheduled four-rounder.

On August 29, 2003 at Garfield Sobers Sports Complex, Wildey, Barbados, Shondell (108 lbs) TKO'd Vicki Boodram (110 lbs) of Princes Town, Trinidad and Tobago in the first round of a scheduled four-rounder.  Boodram fell to 0-2 with this loss.

On December 26, 2003 at Cliff Anderson Sports Hall in Georgetown, Guyana, Shondell won an eight-round majority decision in a rematch with Stephaney George of Georgetown, who fell to 4-2 with her second loss to Shondell.

On February 28, 2004 at Europahallen in Aalborg, Denmark, Shondell (119 lbs) lost a four-round unanimous (4-36x3) decision to Alexandra Matheus (125 lbs) of Denmark, who improved to 2-0 with the win.

On March 27, 2004 at Cliff Anderson Sports Hall in Georgetown, Guyana, Shondell lost an eight-round unanimous decision to Alicia Ashley of New York. Alfred was rocked by a left cross midway through the third round and her gloves touched the canvas for an official knockdown. Ashley, already a several-time world champion, improved her record to to 10-5-1 (0 KO's) with the win.

On October 22, 2004 at the Town Promenade in Princes Town, Trinidad and Tobago Shondell (114 lbs) won the WIBA Iberian-American Bantamweight Title with a TKO at 0:34 of the third round of Vicki Boodram (118 lbs) of Princes Town in a scheduled eight-rounder. Boodram fell to 1-4 with the loss.

On July 9, 2005 in Georgetown, Guyana Shondell won a six-round decision over Marisol Miranda of Hollywood, Florida who fell to 203 (0 KO's).

On May 16, 2006 at the Bell Centre in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, Shondell (114 lbs) lost a four-round unanimous (40-36,39-37,39-37) decision to Danielle Bouchard (119 lbs) of Montreal, a former Canadian national amateur champion who improved her pro record to 5-1 with the win.

Shondell next took time away from the ring to focus on her baby son Cameron.

On April 25, 2009, Shondell returned to the ring at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall in Georgetown, Guyana to again face Stephanie George, this time winning the Guyanese bantamweight title by an eight-round unanimous (80-69,79-71,80-67) decision.  According to a report by Rawle Toney in Stabroek News, "Shondell Alfred turned in a world class performance to beat a determined Stephaney George to retain her national Bantamweight title in the process. Despite tasting the canvas three times in their eight-round encounter, Stephaney George forced Guyana’s stubborn Bantamweight champion to the limit. Alfred floored George in the opening round and twice in the second, but George showed grit and determination to force the judges to deliver a unanimous decision."  George fell to 5-7-0 (0 KO's) with the loss.

On September 26, 2009 at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall in Georgetown, Guyana, Shondell (114 lbs) won the vacant WIBA Bantamweight world title with a ten-round unanimous (99-90,97-90,96-92) decision over previously undefeated Corinne Van Ryck De Groot (117 lbs) of Atlanta, Georgia.  Alfred knocked de Groot down at 1:13 of the second round but later went to the canvas four times which were ruled as slips by the referee. De Groot's team protested the decision and WIBA President Ryan Wissow mandated a rematch, saying that "The referee missed a knockdown in round 10, but by then Shondell was well ahead on points and even if he scored other knockdowns, Shondell still would’ve won a decision. The referee did a good job from rounds 1 through 9” .  De Groot's record slipped to 11-1 (5 KO's). The 40-year-old DeGroot, who was born in Canada to Guyanese parents, had made a name for herself in the USA by appearing on the NBC American Gladiators TV show as the character "Panther"

On June 5, 2010 at the Princess Hotel in Georgetown, Guyana, Shondell (116 lbs) won the mandatory rematch over Corinne Van Ryck De Groot (118 lbs) in spectacular fashion, TKO'ing De Groot at 1:23 in the fourth round of the scheduled 10-rounder. As reported in the Guyana Chronicle, "De Groot's entrance to the ring was heralded with some boos from the crowd given the fact that many Guyanese felt she came across cocky in her attitude. Alfred on the other hand was ushered in with thunderous applauds as the capacity filled venue all rose to their feet to welcome the champion. The eagerness to put De Groot to sleep could have been sensed from the opening round as Alfred wasted no time to launch at her opponent with vengeance but yet still tactically planned her every attack. All the rounds were the same until the third when the Guyanese hurt the American in the closing minutes of the round ... Noticing De Groot was weakened from the blows of the previous round; Alfred came out like an assassinator in round four and went straight for the kill which she got in dramatic fashion. A three shot combination did the damage – it started with a launching right, then a hard left which followed by a jaw twisting right that sent De Groot through the ropes on the canvas. The crowd were more amazed than shocked and took some time to respond to what unfolded before there eyes as even President Jagdeo sitting ring-side couldn’t help standing to join Alfred in celebration."  The Stabroek News reported that "The win emphatically set to rest any thoughts that Alfred’s victory against De Groot in the previous fight was controversial. Alfred solved the De Groot mystery, connecting with a right hook to De Groot’s temple and sending her crashing onto the canvas and left her precariously entangled in the ropes. The Canadian, while on the canvas, receiving her count from referee Andrew Thorne, tried to shake off the effects of the left right combination. When she mustered enough energy, she got up but walked back to the neutral corner on rubberised legs, with a dazed look in her eyes to be revived by doctors even as Thorne waved the contest off." Alfred advanced to 12-5 (4 KO's) while de Groot fell to 11-2 (5 KO's).

“I felt great in the ring and I’m very happy with the win even though I’m not surprised at all. My coach and I had a plan for Corrine and from the first round when I attacked her and she opened up, she fell right into it. So, in the third round I troubled her a bit and I noticed in round four she was weak in the legs so I just went for the knockout after she opened up again,” Alfred told the Guyana Chronicle's Rawle Toney.

“I hope my victory is seen as a boost for women in Guyana for I see myself as their ambassador and will always strive to be a good role model to young women in sport,” Alfred told Stabroek Sport in a telephone interview.

Shondell trains at the modest James Street, Albouystown Forgotten Youth Foundation Boxing Gym. Her trainers include Sebert Blake, Wincel Thomas and Joseph Murray, all former local champions.

Shondell's mother Ingrid is one hundred percent behind her and her boxing career. “After all”, declares Shondell, “she lived with a boxer, my father Cecil “Koker-Dog” Alfred who campaigned in Guyana’s ring during the fifties/sixties”.

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