Bahamians will be tough again

Boxing fans will get a treat next
week when another show under the new, dynamic committee is staged.

The D. Dalmain Ebanks Boxing
Gymnasium will have all the wonderful atmosphere of the last show staged two
months ago when Cayman’s boxers saw off the Jamaicans. This time the Bahamians
are the visitors along with a couple of Jamaicans.

Head coach Nayon ‘Donie’ Anglin
said: “We have been training intensely since the last show and included working
out on the beach to reach a high level of fitness.”

The Bahamians got the better of the
Cayman fighters when they came over in March and restoring local pride is the
priority this time. Scheduled to be matched are outstanding unbeaten
light-heavyweight Dariel Ebanks and light-middle prospect Jason Parchment,
Donie’s son. Cayman’s third Olympic hopeful, Kendall Ebanks, will not be on
this bill because he has a knee injury. Despite the pain, Kendall has shown
admirable dedication by still training but having to rest his right leg on a
crate and stay static when punching the heavy bag, speed ball and shadow boxing. 

Dwayne Anglin, 16, made an
impressive debut on the last show and he’ll be fighting too. Tafari Ebanks also
won well on his debut last time and he should get a bout. Cody Barnett, son of
coach and referee, Phillmore, gets another chance to show his skills, Aaron
Powell makes his debut and established boxers Eric McField and Peter
‘Lightning’ Lewison are on the bill too. 

Cayman has a few female boxers who
are aspiring to be world class. One of them is Jessica McFarlane-Richards. She
has overcome injury and worked hard in the gym and hopes to get matched.

There are plenty of initiatives
planned to raise the club’s profile and boost the club coffers, including a
quarterly newsletter, calendar that sells advertising for every day of the
year, membership IDs, sportswear contracts and networking with boxing federations
across the US and the Caribbean. Membership is $10 for the year and for the
time being use of the gym is free to members. Non-members pay $25 a month for
training at the state-of-the-art gym in the Truman Bodden Sports Complex. The
other coaches include Cayman’s world class light-middle Charles ‘The Killa’
Whittaker, who was recently appointed first vice-president, and his trainer
Stormin’ Norman Wilson who recently received a year’s contract to help build up
the boxing programme. 

* Tickets for the boxing show on
Saturday 18 September are $10 and $25 ringside and available from coach Donie
Anglin on 328-2334 or 939-7944.

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Wilson has helped boost the boxing pro-gramme.
Photo: Ron Shillingford
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