When three Jamaican boxers came to Cayman to box on an amateur show in November they went back bruised and battered.
Well one of them, Anthony Clarke, will be here this weekend and he wants revenge.
Clarke was soundly outpointed by light-welterweight prospect Kendall Ebanks but he feels he can reverse that decision this time round in a rematch.
William Taveres is the president of the Jamaican Boxing Board of Control. ‘Anthony has improved dramatically since then and he’s looking forward for a victory,’ Tavares said.
All the Jamaicans come from the aptly named Bruising Gym in Stony Hill, Kingston. It is a relatively new gym but has such high standards that it had the most national champions last year.
Five boxers and one coach will arrive on Friday for the show at the Turtle Farm on Saturday.
Tavares does not expect losses from his novice fighters, one of them a girl, Sasha ‘Ice’ Gaye-Fowler who will box Cayman’s Tracey Seymour.
‘Sasha has never boxed officially but she’s trained hard for six to eight months and is very strong and aggressive,’ Tavares said. ‘She weighs around 180lbs.’
‘Our best boxer is Rashaw Campbell. He’s one to watch out for in the future. He’s won all three and weighs 156lbs.
‘When I saw your Cayman fighters when they came to Jamaica last year, I was pleasantly surprised by their technical ability but they lacked aggression.
‘I suppose in Cayman friends box each other all the time because it’s so small, so there’s not that level of aggression. It’s totally different in Jamaica.’
The main bill is between Cayman favourites Troy ‘The Real Deal’ O’Neil and Peter ‘Lightning’ Lewison, made at cruiserweight, 195lbs, the rest of the card will be international clashes.
Also hoping to be matched against the tough Jamaicans are Dariel Ebanks, Curtis Henderson, Michael Ford and Eric McField.
One intriguing match is Jason Parchment, son of coach Donie Anglin is matched against the son of the Jamaican coach, Carl Grant. Parchment faces Carl Grant Jnr.
O’Neil, 33, has been boxing seriously for around 10 years, the pinnacle was capturing the Caribbean light-heavyweight novice title in 2002.
He’s competed in the World Games in Indiana where he got a silver and he also won bronze in a tournament in Spain.
O’Neil also made a spectacular debut in mixed martial arts last year and intends to fight again in the octagon in May.
Party-loving O’Neil has curbed his ways and lost around 25lbs in the past month, so is evidently taking this match seriously.
The customs tally clerk feels that superior experience and technique will negate any advantages the younger, possibly stronger Lewison may have over him.
Student Lewison, 21, is happy to be matched against O’Neil who he insists challenged him first. Lewison is especially thankful to his sponsors The Real Estate Company and especially Elizabeth Ross, for their support. Lewison has sold many tickets and could be the best supported fighter on the night.
Charles ‘The Killa’ Whittaker is training in Florida. ‘West Bay people should support this great occasion,’ he said. ‘Donie’s doing a great job, bringing on the amateurs and after all, this is the breeding ground for future pros.’
There will be two exhibition bouts between Cruz Barnett and Jerrin Carter and another between Jonothon Hurlston and Jeffery Bodden.
The referees are Philmore Bodden and Michael Peart.
Show sponsors are Cobalt, Hardware Express, J&M Electronics, Boatswain’s Beach, Caybrew and Kings Import.
Doors open 6.30pm and the show starts at 8pm. Tickets are $10 or $20 ringside.
Tickets are available from Funky Tangs, J&M Electronics and Boatswain’s Beach and also Donie Anglin on: 939 7944.