Boxing coach Nayon ‘Donie’ Anglin
is looking forward to the return match with the best fighters from the Bahamas.
Cayman’s Olympic hopefuls Dariel
Ebanks, Kendall Ebanks and Donie’s son Jason Parchment all boxed on a show in
the Bahamas in November with mixed fortunes.
They are looking forward to hosting
the Bahamians on 6 March at the D Dalmain Ebanks Boxing Gymnasium in George
Debutant Michael Ford will box for
Cayman too and there’s hope to give at least one girl fighter a debut as
Bahamas are grooming a couple of girls to bring along.
Cayman’s Thada Hayles, 14, and
Kimberly Rivers, 18, are training hard to be fight fit.
“Bahamas have a fair level of
amateur boxing,” said coach Anglin. “Some have more experience than our boxers
but even they said when we went there that we have the better technique.
“We’ve been training hard and once
we get out overall fitness levels up we’ll be ready.”
Anglin has been pleasantly
surprised by the popularity of the $1.2m gym since it fully opened in
September. He is there most mornings to allow Charles ‘The Killa’ Whittaker to
train and sometimes a couple of the Olympic boxers, then trains schoolkids in
the afternoon before the general public train from around 5-8pm.
“I’m glad it is so popular but I
need some assistance because it is exhausting,” said Anglin. “Someone else has
to be involved.”