Ebanks ready to let fists fly

When the new boxing gym opens in a few weeks one of the keenest fighters who will be in there will be Kendall Ebanks.

The 18-year-old light-welter has a burning ambition to be a pro but knows he has to pack in as much amateur experience as possible first.

He has won two out of his three bouts but is unconcerned about a blemish on his record, experience is the key.

‘I want to go to the Olympics in London in 2012 then turn pro,’ said Ebanks.

His coach Donie Anglin believes Ebanks has the potential to reach the top. ‘He has so much potential,’ said Anglin. ‘Getting into the new facility will be a bonus because he is already doing so much training without the ring.

‘Kendall has a bright future. We’re hoping to go to the Caribbean Under-19 championships in Barbados next month and may go to Jamaica again.

‘There are two gyms in Florida that we’re looking at getting him some good sparring and maybe into tournaments.

‘I like the fact that he is always willing to learn, picks things up really quickly and trains hard.

‘He has good speed and his chin has already been tested in sparring here against much bigger fighters and even working out with Charles Whittaker.’

Anglin added that when the Minister of Sport, Mark Scotland, returns to office on Monday he will discuss with him some government support for Ebanks and a couple of other talented youngsters who are also Olympic hopefuls.

‘Kendall has a bright future. We’re hoping to go to the Caribbean Under-19 championships in Barbados next month and may go to Jamaica again.’ DONIE ANGLIN

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