Gloved up to face the Bahamas

It’s a crucial time for amateur boxers in the Caribbean because the Olympic Games are only a year and a half away and many want a chance to mine for gold in London.

In the meantime they have to at least qualify for the Pan American Games in October in Guadalajara, Mexico. The first qualifiers for the Pan Am Games are only weeks away and Cayman’s best boxers are gearing up for that.

A planned show against the Bahamas is at the D. Dalmain Ebanks gym in George Town on 12 February. The Bahamians have still to confirm that they’re coming but even if they don’t, many of Cayman’s top pugs, plus plenty of the novices, will be matched against each other or fighters from Jamaica may be brought over. A training camp to Cuba is planned for late February before the Pan Am qualifiers which start in late March.

They include Dariel Ebanks, Kendall Ebanks, Jason Parchment, Jesse Bodden – who has made a return to the ring after a two-year absence – Tafari Ebanks, Dwayne Anglin-Folkes, Peter ‘Lightning’ Lewison, Eric McField, Gino ‘Crusher’ Brown, Ansell Lawrence and Aaron Powell.

Coaches Donie Anglin, Norman Wilson, Charles ‘The Killa’ Whittaker and Troy O’Neil have got all the Christmas excess off their charges and everyone is primed to go, including female boxers Tracey Seymour and Jessica McFarlane-Richards who hope to be matched on this show or on 5 March when the US Virgin Islands visit.

The USVI are one of the best teams in the Caribbean. Not surprising when head coach is Julian ‘The Hawk’ Jackson, the former light-middle and middleweight champion who was one of the hardest punching pros in the history of the sport.

Also planned shows are visits from Aruba, Belize and Antigua and a trip to Hallandale, Florida to fight the local club there.