Aruba need to be punch perfect

Local boxing’s busy schedule continues on Saturday with another show packed with international competition. The Bahamas were the visitors last month and this time it’s three boxers from Aruba and four from Jamaica, including two females.

The action is at the D. Dalmain Ebanks gym beside the netball court at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex and at $10 a ticket for general entry or $25 for ringside VIP, it is great value.

Every cent helps boost the excellent boxing programme headed by association president Thomas Ebanks – who is the late Dalmain’s step-son – and head coach Nayon ‘Donie Anglin.

The other coaches are ‘Stormin’ Norman Wilson, who also trains Charles ‘The Killa’ Whittaker and Troy O’Neil, the former Caribbean novice light-heavy champion. The US Virgin Islands intended to send a team but finances prevented that.

Aruba are looking forward to this 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).

Cayman’s Michael Ford will meet Cornett, unbeaten Dariel Ebanks will fight Brown and Kendall Ebanks is matched with Croe.

Donie’s son Jason Parchment has a rematch with Jamaica’s Michael Gardner. Parchment outpointed Gardner last year and wants a repeat. Parchment boxed superbly in his last bout and will need to show that form again to win this one.

Matthew ‘Ali’ Allen takes on the Jamaican Richard Walker and Cayman’s lionheart female Jessica McFarlane-Richards faces Felice Grover. The punching princess Tracey Seymour will square up with Crystal Douglas. With female boxing at next year’s Olympics in London, they have a target, albeit a slim one.

The rest of the bill of 13 bouts involves all local boxers against each other. The pick of them is Peter ‘Lightning’ Lewison in a final box-off against Eric McField. The winner will go to the Pan American Games qualifiers later this month. McField won a tight points decision against Lewison in December but Lightning redeemed himself with a points victory over Jesse Bodden in another box-off last month.

Tafari Ebanks is matched with Johnathon Hurlstone, Ernesto Artiaga boxes Seaford Russell, Akinyell Logan faces Boyd Tatum, Colin ‘Bubbalicious’ Barrett gets in the ring with Javaka ‘Assassin’ Kellier and Raymond Rodriguez meets Johann Fitzgerald.

Anglin said: “We’re pleased Aruba came through after US Virgin Islands cancelled. Aruba 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.” Sports minister Mark Scotland, education minister Rolston Anglin and director of sports Collin Anglin came to the last show and their presence was greatly appreciated by the boxing community. The government is doing a marvellous job in supporting the boxing programme and judging from results it is money well spent.

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