Totally focused on next bouts

They have aspirations of being champs and know that only total dedication and old-fashioned hard work can get them there, which is why the boxing team returned to the gym the day after getting back from the show in Tampa where they did so well.

They won seven out of 11 bouts on the Hurricane Boxing Club’s bill and some may be in action again on Saturday on the white collar show at Margaritaville.

The trip was made possible by the hard work of boxing association president Thomas Ebanks and the generosity of the Cayman government, especially Minister of Sports Mark Scotland, Cayman Airways who gave considerable discounts to the party of 18 to fly there and the sponsors of the bike-a-thon the week before.

Coach Nayon ‘Donie’ Anglin said: “I want to keep my boxers busy and we may have three or four on the white collar show. The Jamaicans are having their national championships the following weekend in Kingston and we might go to that too. There is another opportunity to box in Jamaica on the 18 December.”

Anglin hopes to get his best boxers ready for the Pan American Games trials in Guadalajara, Mexico in October but first they have to get through the qualifiers early in the new year. Anglin hopes the likes of his son Jason Parchment, Dariel Ebanks, Gino ‘Crusher’ Brown, Aaron Powell, Kendall Ebanks, Peter ‘Lightning’ Lewison, Eric McField, Tafari Ebanks and Dwayne Anglin-Folkes, will be good enough to get to the Games and hopefully the London Olympics the following year.

At the Tampa show on 20 November, the legendary woman boxer Christy Martin was doing commentary for TV. Sadly, three days later Martin, 42, was stabbed and shot in the leg allegedly by her husband Jim. She received hospital treatment and was released after two days but at the time of writing police are still searching for Jim Martin who had gone into hiding.

Charles ‘The Killa’ Whittaker and his trainer Norman Wilson, who were at the show helping Cayman boxers, chatted with Martin and had photos taken with her.

Anglin said: “I was surprised to learn that Christy was at the show because I didn’t get to meet her. I’ve been an admirer of hers for years and have lots of her fights on DVD. It’s sad what happened to her. I hope she makes a quick recovery.”

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Anglin working in McField’s corner in Tampa.
PHOTO: RON SHILLINGFORD
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