Novices never pulled a punch

They had just dusted themselves
down from taking on the Bahamas two weeks ago and many of Cayman’s boxers had
to go back in the gym, preparing for another visit of overseas fighters for the
next show, this Saturday.

Such is the progressive boxing
programme here that boxers from Aruba, US Virgin Islands and Jamaica are lined
up to take on locals at the D. Dalmain Ebanks gym. The bill looks full and even
Cayman’s top two females – Tracey Seymour and Jessica McFarlane-Richards – hope
to be matched against Jamaican opposition.

Aruba are looking forward to the
trip, organised by their boxing president Marco Dupersoy. They are bringing
over three – middleweight Stanley Brown, lightweight Efi-Jimy Croes – who are
both open class, plus novice Keishmer Cornett (middle).

US Virgin Islands are possibly
sending two with a coach, hopefully Julian ‘The Hawk’ Jackson, the former world
middleweight champion and there could be two Jamaican men arriving with the females.

Head coach Nayon ‘Donie’ Anglin
expects another spectacular night of action. “We’re pleased Aruba are sending
over three,” he said. “They have a great history of high level boxing and we’re
looking forward to taking on their new breed. Aruba always produces good
boxers, I know that from seeing them at the Caribbean championships.

“Stanley Brown wants to take on
either Peter Lewison or Dariel Ebanks even though he has lost two lost out of
four fights so he must be confident. Peter is prepared to fight twice on the
night if he gets the chance.”

Lewison is in a bubbly mood after
outpointing fellow Caymanian Jesse Bodden on the last show to move closer to a
place in the Pan American Games qualifiers.

Established boxers Kendall Ebanks,
Jason Parchment, Dariel Ebanks and Tafari Ebanks won well. It was also a chance
for the gym’s novices to showcase their talents in front of sports minister
Mark Scotland, education minister Rolston Anglin and director of sports Collin
Anglin.

The newcomers were Diego Rodriquez,
Javaka ‘Assassin’ Kellier, Demesio Frederick, Colin ‘Bubbalicious’ Barrett,
Chevar Taylor, Thomas McField, Ansel Lawrence, Raymond Rodrigues, Cody Barnett,
Boyd Edwar, Gino ‘Crusher’ Brown and Matthew ‘Ali’ Allen.

They mostly boxed each other and
even those who lost came out with credit after putting in months of hard work
virtually every night of the week. Besides coach Anglin, their trainers are
Charles ‘The Killa’ Whittaker, Troy O’Neil and Norman Wilson.

The government is exceptionally
supportive and Thomas Ebanks, the boxing association’s president, is constantly
monitoring things to ensure it all goes smoothly, plus he’s motivated by the
fact that Dalmain was his step-father. Tommy’s mother Esther was at the last
show. 

Coach Anglin said: “I’m happy with
the way the newcomers are developing. They are still raw and have a lot to
learn but they’re showing the dedication and commitment which will make the
boxing programme a lot stronger in the future. I am especially pleased with how
Demesio is coming on. He loves it and has improved a lot. He pays attention and
tries hard. 

“Boyd got stopped in the first
round, but he was overmatched. He’s a nice kid but needs to train more and
improve on the basics. At least he didn’t give up which is a good sign that he
has heart.

“Gino is busy with school exams and
hasn’t had time to train much recently but he’ll back in a few weeks. Ali is
improving and coming on nicely. 

“Bubbalicious and most of the
others are just enjoying the sport. Ansel tries advanced moves and needs to
focus on the basics. Thomas is a natural hard puncher and is slowly improving.
They’re not at a good level yet but this was a great chance for them to show
their boxing skills and gain some experience.

“All in all, it was an enjoyable
night and very encouraging for the boxers that Mr. Scotland, Rolston and Collin
were there to watch and give out prizes.”

For tickets – which are $10 and $25
ringside – and for more information, contact coach Donie Anglin on 939-7944.

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Thomas McField is a naturally hard puncher.
Photo: Ron Shillingford