Bodden’s only focused on gold

Jesse Bodden has dusted off his
boxing gloves after almost two years away and is going for gold all the way to
the London Olympics next year.

Boxing resumes at the D. Dalmain
Ebanks gym on Saturday and the hard hitting middleweight is itching to get into
the ring against gym mate Peter ‘Lighting’ Lewison. A team from the Bahamas
arrives on Thursday and all the bouts should be as entertaining as before.

The boxers have been prepared by
head coach Nayon ‘Donie’ Anglin, Norman Wilson, Troy O’Neil and Charles ‘The
Killa’ Whittaker. The trip was arranged by boxing association president Thomas
Ebanks, step-son of the late Dalmain.

Bodden, Lewison and Eric McField
are all vying to represent Cayman at the Pan American games in Mexico in
October but only one can go. Victory against Lewison won’t guarantee Bodden
that berth because he has to box McField too – who outpointed Lewison in
December – but he is doing all he can to first be number one in Cayman then
widen his ambitions from there.

“I took a break for about 18 months
and moved back to Cayman from Florida,” said Bodden who had to go abroad to
fight because there wasn’t really a boxing programme here until recently.

The Pan Am qualifiers start next
month and if Bodden gets picked, he hopes to be good enough to get past the
classy Puerto Ricans, Mexicans and Cubans. By October the intention is to be
better than all of them.

“Right now, I’m not as good as I
know I can be,” he said. “That’s because of the long break, but I’m doing my
best to get back up there. I want to win everything I go for culminating in the
London Olympics.”

Inexperience is his main problem.
Only six fights make Bodden a novice. He’s won four and the only two losses
were to much more experienced fighters. One was in a light-heavyweight bout
against a naturally bigger opponent and the other was to John Jackson, son of
former world champion Julian Jackson, in the Olympic qualifiers, three years
ago in Trinidad.

Bodden, 28, who works in his
family’s construction business, feels he has the maturity and raw ability to
make a success in the amateurs. Like a student cramming for exams, he’s trying
to learn as much as possible before the testing times come.

For more information on Saturday’s
show, ring coach Donie Anglin on 939-7944 or 328-2334