Enjoy a thumping good show

Cayman’s amateur boxers get another
chance to hone their skills and take another step towards championship level
this weekend.

It’s at the D. Dalmain Ebanks gym and
Cayman’s young pugilists want a repeat of their last show when they
emphatically beat the visiting Jamaicans. This time, most of the visitors are
from the Bahamas with a couple from Jamaica.

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.

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 is likely to get matched.

Troy O’Neil, one of Cayman’s most
experienced boxers, has been taking an active role in coaching the youngsters
and he deserves props for helping prepare the fighters and bringing along the
novices.

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 federation’s
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. 

* For tickets and more information,
phone coach Donie Anglin on: 328-2334 or 939-7944.

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Jessica is looking forward to her bout.
Photo: Ron Shillingford
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