Jamaicans are ready to rumble

Amateur boxing makes its return to the Cayman Islands at the Lions Centre next month with five bouts involving some of the most exciting fighters in the Cayman Islands and perhaps champs of the future.

There will be international contests too, with three Jamaican – including one female – on the bill.

The boxing night is organised by the Cayman Islands Boxing Association and features members of the Cayman Islands boxing team who recently fought in Jamaica together, with a Golden Gloves contender and a powerful super heavyweight.

James Burch, who is assisting the CIBA in organising the show, said: ‘It should be emphasised that the amateur bouts are real blockbusters. Kendall Ebanks and Jason Parchment could be matched with the Jamaicans and they are our future Olympians, I’m sure.

‘Oran and Ronaldo Garcia are fast, heavy hitting super-heavy weights and Dariel Ebanks who is a skilled southpaw is fighting Terence Spencer who is competing in the Golden Gloves competition in the USA next year.

‘It will be an incredible night of boxing and we ask that people come out to support their local fighters and also to give their support to the boxers who are stepping up for the first time to raise money for their community.’

White collar boxing will also be making its debut on the night when a bunch of office workers – including me – will go toe to toe in the ring to raise money for the boxing association.

In typical Sly Stallone style I’ve been pounding the roads (once a month) and demolishing the bags (actually, bags of chips) with awesome tenacity in preparation of meeting Gareth ‘The Pride of Wales’ Griffiths, partner of a law firm.

White collar boxing started in New York about 20 years ago when Wall St execs decided to box each other for fun and raise money for charity. It’s flourished all over America and Europe since.

A group of wannabe champs who train at the local boxing club are the architects of this fantastic night when I will regain my rightful place in the world’s top 10 couch potatoes. I must admit that to having had some boxing experience, but that was a zillion years and 40lbs ago.

It’s on Friday 28 November. Doors open 6.30 with the first bell 8pm.

All proceeds are going to the boxing association to help them continue to promote boxing in the community and provide another focus for the youth of Cayman to channel their energy into as well as keeping up the proud tradition of Cayman Islands boxing in the Caribbean and internationally.

Burch added: ‘The main aim for this night is to demonstrate the amateur boxing talent we have on the island as well as provide an opportunity for the younger team members to get valuable ‘big event’ experience as they look towards the Commonwealth Games qualifiers.

‘For the first time, there will be two or three white collar bouts which will involve members of Cayman’s business community who have agreed to lace up the gloves and fight in order to help raise money for the association.

‘They will fight for three two-minute rounds using 16oz gloves and headgear and have all been training hard over the past few months to prepare for it.

‘For many it is the first time they will be stepping into a ring for a live contest and they will have a champion’s experience as well as being in the best shape of their life.’

Sponsors for the event are being sought.

Burch has roped in boxers from Walkers, Citco and Maples Finance to make their Rocky debuts.

Coach Donie Anglin will be the referee on the night.

Tickets are $10 general admission and $30 ringside. There will be a bar for those over 18.

The fights so far are:

Ronaldo Garcia v Oran

Dariel Ebanks v Terence Spencer

Angus Dacker (Citco) v Mark Cook (Maples Finance)

Gareth ‘The Pride of Wales’ Griffiths (Maples and Calder) v Ron ‘Front Page’ Shillingford (Cayman Free Press)

James Burch (Maples and Calder) v Bruce Coulson