Minister Clifford announces possible annual professional boxing Match

Cayman may soon host its own annual professional boxing event.

This announcement was made by the Honourable Charles Clifford, Minister Tourism, Environment, Investment and Commerce, after a weekend trip to Las Vegas with Assistant Secretary from the Ministry of Sports Joel Francis and Cayman’s own boxing champ Charles Whittaker.

According to Minister Clifford, ‘this was an excellent opportunity for our destination and for Charles Whittaker. Our meeting with representatives from Goossen Tutor Promotions LLC went very well. They propose to hold an annual professional boxing event in the Cayman Islands starting in 2008 which will be televised live on either Showtime or HBO.”

“This collaborative effort between the Ministries of Tourism and Sports is an excellent way for us to promote sports tourism as well as bring additional awareness and promotion to our destination,’ noted Minister Clifford, who added, ‘over the course of the next few months we will be working through the details of the proposal to ensure that there is sufficient value in it to make the investment worthwhile for the Cayman Islands.”

The trip, which coincided with the Oscar De La Hoya versus Floyd Mayweather fight, also gave Charles Whittaker the opportunity to network with top promoters in his chosen sport.

“Another significant development coming out of the meeting with Goossen Tutor Promotions is that Charles Whittaker will likely have the opportunity to fight at a Showtime ShoBox event in California in July this year. The Ministry of Sports will be following up on this opportunity” said Joel Francis.

Charles Whittaker, who was very excited from being in the audience at the fight of the century, was grateful for the opportunity, ‘”I would like to thank the Ministry of Tourism and the Ministry of Sports. I certainly appreciate the efforts of both Ministries in their attempt to bring live, televised boxing to the Cayman Islands. Having the support of both Ministries will go a long way towards helping me, as well as continuing the development of sports in the Cayman Islands.”

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