Boxing is going to be a major sport
in Cayman in the future thanks to the new gym and on Saturday it was the scene
of another great amateur show.
The D Dalmain Ebanks Boxing
Gymnasium in George Town was built in honour of the great West Bayer who
dedicated his life to seeing a purpose-built gym for the sport erected.
Dee Dee passed away in 2003 but his
lasting legacy is the $1.2 million venue which had seven bouts over the
weekend, all entertaining in their own right.
The show wasn’t confirmed until a
few days before so there wasn’t a big crowd, but nonetheless, they were
appreciative of the action and sportingly applauded all the fighters, including
four from the Bahamas and a Jamaican.
Organised principally by coach
Nayon ‘Donie’ Anglin and Randy Rankine, the Cayman Islands Amateur Boxing
Association president, first up was Jeffrey Bodden against raw novice Justin
Gregory at lightweight.
Gregory. 16, is an all round
sportsman and took up boxing on a whim only three weeks ago. Despite his
inexperience, he started well with fast, accurate punches and gave Bodden a
But Gregory’s lack of experience
and conditioning told in the second round and he quickly tired, forcing referee
Michael Peart to call a halt.
Gregory is a natural and only needs
more time in the gym if he wants to go far in the sport.
After years of training, Michael
Ford decided to make his debut in the ring. He got a tough one against the
short and stocky Bahamian Godfrey Skan in a welterweight clash.
The much taller Ford tried to use
his height and reach to full advantage, but Skan just walked through his
punches to land big shots to head and body.
Ford took a standing count at the
end of the first round and by the second Skan had punched all the resistance
out of him. After another hurtful flurry, Ford stood in a corner obviously too
battered to continue and Peart ended it.
Next was an all Caymanian
heavyweight affair between Gino Brown and Miguel Pitta. Both were making their
debut. Pitta keeps goal for Future football team but he fancied an alternative
to team sport and thought boxing ideal.
All three rounds were close with
Brown winning on points but a disgruntled Pitta thought he deserved the verdict
as he got more power punches in. Referee was Philmore Barnett.
Three Cayman boxers went to Bahamas
last November and this was a return match. Coach Anglin’s son Jason Parchment
was soundly outpointed in a lack lustre display against Justin Sawyer four
Welterweight Parchment got a
rematch against the tough Bahamian and boxed with more purpose this time only
the result was the same. It was a great bout, action all the way, with both
fighters having their moments.
It was initially given as a draw
although Sawyer looked the deserved winner. As there are no draws in amateur
boxing, the verdict was rightly given to Sawyer. Peart refereed.
At light-welter Kendall Ebanks got
a rematch with Bahamian Rasheed Williams. They boxed an exhibition last time
but Williams looked the better fighter. Ebanks was in better shape this time,
clearly winning the first round with sharp shots to head and body.
Williams has a hurtful short right
hand which he used to good effect in the second, at one point catching Ebanks
with three sharp of them to the chin which he took well.
Williams finished stronger, clearly
winning the third as Ebanks tired, but it was the Caymanian who got the verdict.
Light-heavyweight Dariel Ebanks has
immense talent and that was evident as he comfortably blasted out Bahamian
debutant Andy Moxley with four standing counts, forcing Peart to call a halt
mid-way through the second.
Charles ‘The Killa’ Whittaker
embraced Ebanks in delight, but southpaw Ebanks should not get carried away, Moxley
was smaller and inexperienced.
Ebanks then boxed an exhibition
with the much smaller Skan who bravely swapped big shots with the Caymanian who
outpointed him by 30 pounds.
Final bout was a heavyweight match
between Cayman’s Andrew Ford, Michael’s brother and Jamaica’s Selano Clark.
Ford got some big punches in but the technically better Clark was too slick and
was the deserved winner on points.