The big fight card on is guaranteed to be a knock out judging by the quality of all the matches made.
Not only will super-middleweight prospects Andre Ward and Jerson Ravelo meet at the Royal Watler Dock, but heavyweight contenders Eddie ‘Fast Eddie’ Chambers and Raphael Butler will also collide.
Both bouts are top world class matches with the winners likely to challenge for world titles in the near future.
Ward, 24, was America’s only gold medallist at the last Olympics in Athens and his gilt-edged skills have racked us an impressive 15-0 (10KOs) record. Ward’s wife had their third baby last week so if he needed any extra incentive, he’s got it.
Ravelo, 30, was an Olympic rep too, in 2000 for the Dominican Republic. He has lost only twice in 20 bouts and has 12 knock outs on his record. He looked in fantastic shape in a public work out at Public Beach on Monday and is determined to upset Ward’s march towards a world title.
Heavyweight Chambers was unbeaten in 30 fights (16KOs) until he went to Kreuzberg, Germany in January and was outpointed in a world title eliminator against Alexander Povetkin. Chambers, 26, intends to get relaunch his world title ambitions against Butler, 24, who has only lost four times in 35 bouts but has knocked out 23 of his opponents. Butler too has world title ambitions.
Charles ‘The Killa’ Whittaker is also on the bill and so is former WBC bantamweight champion Wayne ‘Pocket Rocket’ McCullough.
The under card will also see the return of former world champion Wayne ‘Pocket Rocket’ McCullough who at 37 is still a formidable fighter.
A real value for money card put on by Goossen Tutor in conjunction with the Cayman Islands Tourist Board with tickets starting at $15 up to $100 ringside.
Promoter Dan Goossen is enchanted with Cayman and has even brought three of his four sons with him. The Watler terminal is the third venue chosen, but that is not a problem for the promoters.
Goossen said: ‘Everywhere we go since we landed there’s excitement. I think the tourist board has done a tremendous job getting the word out and it’s going to be a great night for all the locals here that are ring side. They’ll get to see this lovely country showcased on this great event.
‘It’s a great bill. The only ones not happy with the match ups are the fighters because they’re all in toss-up fights. So no one can really step into that ring Friday night and think they’ve got a win before the bell rings.
‘They’re all evenly matched fights and I expect some great action and determination on the part of the fighters. From the first bell to the last we expect to see some tremendous fights.
‘By the time it gets transmitted to millions of homes around the world in their living rooms, no one will know that there was any hiccups with the venue.
‘Sometimes things come out of patience and speaking to my team and Showtime, the new sight is the best of all of them. From that standpoint the fans are the winners.
‘We’ll set out a little over 2,000 seats and certainly we can increase it with demand. If we fill it that will be a great representation of the country.’
Charles Clifford, Minister of Tourism, is pleased how things have panned out after the early furore with The Killa over whether he would be on the bill and how much his purse would be.
‘We have the venue worked out and I think it’s the ideal one for this type of event,’ Clifford said. ‘Showtime is very, very happy with it. People are excited about the promotion. It’s going to be a great show. It’s a great opportunity for the country to showcase what we have here and show to people around the world what we have to offer.
‘Charles is on the bill and once again I want to thank Goosen Tutor Promotions for they have again reiterated their willingness to help Charles beyond this point and even offer him opportunities beyond this event internationally. So we’re looking forward to facilitating that on his behalf.’
The tourism department has invested over $1 million on this promotion and indications are that it will be money well spent which could develop into a regular event.
‘We’re judging the performance of this show and the return we got on the investment and it could very well become an annual event for us,’ Clifford added.
Tickets start at CI$10 with ringside seats costing CI$100. They can be purchased from Funky Tangs, Standard by Atlantic and the Department of Tourism offices at Windward 3, Regatta Office Park.
Local sponsors of Cayman Knockout include Cayman Free Press, Spin FM, Vibe FM, Tropicana Tours, the Westin Casuarina Resort & Spa, Comfort Suites, Tropical Shipping, Thompson Line, Coconut Car Rentals, Ministry of Sports, Gatorade and Caybrew.
For more information on Cayman Knockout, visit www.caymanislands.ky/knockout or call the Department of Tourism on 949-0623.