Dariel shoulders all the pain

Professional boxing may be on the
ropes at present but the amateur code has a bright future judging by the
quality of the bouts at the magnificent recently built gym on Saturday night.

This was the third encounter
between Cayman and the Bahamas inside a year and the action at the D. Dalmain
Ebanks gym at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex was just as riveting. Dee Dee’s
widow Esther was at the show and she must have been immensely proud to see his
legacy continue. 

All champion boxers have to
overcome adversity in their careers and the top of the bill fighter Dariel
Ebanks showed he has that in truck loads after dislocating his shoulder at the
end of the second round. Writhing in agony just before the bell, ringside doctor
Angella Glidden helped pop it back in and many assumed that the bout was over.
Yet despite the severe pain, Ebanks wanted to seal the win he already looked
like securing and maintain his unbeaten record in his eighth bout against the
battle-hardened Bahamian light-heavyweight Levi Missick – who had his father
Arthur in his corner.

So Dariel tried to box cautiously
the third and final round but was drawn into a brawl as Missick, knowing he
needed a stoppage to win, forced the pace. A perfectly timed left-right-left to
Missick’s jaw two seconds from the end made the judges’ scorecard irrelevant as
he dropped forward in a heap.

Dr Glidden attended to him for a
couple of minutes before Missick rose groggily to congratulate Ebanks on a
great win. Shoulder hurting like crazy, Ebanks asked referee Phillmore Barnett
to raise his left arm instead in victory. A long, slow recuperation period will
take place but hopefully Dariel will be 100 per cent again in the future. The
two fought in Bahamas last November in an exhibition and Missick was the better
fighter then. No doubt who has the edge this time.

Tafari Ebanks opened the show at
bantamweight against the game Ronald Woodside. The two stylists freely swapped
combinations but it was the local boxer’s better accuracy that told, giving
Woodside a standing count in the first and second. Ebanks won the third
comfortably too for a 17-12 verdict. 
Busiest fighter on the bill was lightweight Dwayne Anglin who stopped
Bahamian Tyler Collie in the third round in the night’s second contest and then
came out again for the seventh bout to outpoint Kestna Davis. Anglin, 16, wants
to get on fast in the sport and with performances like that he will do it
doubly quickly.

At light-heavy Aaron Powell was
making his debut and he looked good initially against Dion Dame but a repeat of
Powell’s badly bleeding nose, first sustained in training, put a halt to
proceedings after 1 minute 38 seconds of the second. 

At middleweight Peter ‘Lightning’
Lewison fought the Jamaican Jonathan Hanson. Terrific action for three rounds.
Hanson had the better technique but Lewison’s higher work-rate and bigger shots
in the last round sealed it 14-11.

Jason Parchment must have been
ecstatic in stopping the classy Justin Sawyer in the second round because they
had fought twice before with the Bahamian getting the better of coach Donie’s
son both times.

In a middleweight contest Erick
McField was the taller against the stocky Bahamian Godfrey Strachan but the
shorter fighter pressured Tyson-like throughout the bout to cut off the
distance and deservedly won it 23-19.

It was another marvellous night’s
boxing and all credit should go the new regime headed by new boxing association
president Thomas Ebanks, step-son of Dee Dee. Also there was Timothy Ebanks,
Dee Dee’s son and an executive member, so the Ebanks dynasty is still solid.

As with the last show in July,
plenty of politicians and community figures were on hand to give out prizes or
add lustre to the evening, including Rolston Anglin, Mike Adam, Dr Frank
McField, Joel Francis, Ivan Farrington, Collin Anglin and Edmund Bodden.
Football technical director Carl Brown kicked in his support as did cricket
figure Rickey Sealy.

The other referee was Michael Peart
and the judges were Paulino Rodrigues, Flynn Bush, Tommy Ebanks, Timothy Ebanks
and Owen Lattie

Boxing coaches Nayon ‘Donie’ Anglin
and Stormin’ Norman Wilson were pleased with the overall performances and
Charles ‘The Killa’ Whittaker was satisfied that all the tips and gym work he’s
put in with the youngsters is
paying off. 

Main sponsors the Ministry of
Sports, Coconut Car Rental, the Chrissie Tomlinson Hospital and the Ramada
Grand Caymanian all got namechecks from emcee Catherine Tyson for their
considerable support.

Brilliant atmosphere, terrific
entertainment and more great shows to come before the year’s end.


Dariel boxed the last round with a dislocated shoulder
Photo: Ron Shillingford

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