Lights! Camera! Action! The young stars performed again as the busy boxing programme resumed. It was another exciting bill at the D. Dalmain Ebanks gym on Saturday and 12 bouts were made with varying outcomes for the Cayman boxers against international opposition.
Aruba sent three of their best at short notice and there were four from Jamaica, including two women. The late Dee Dee Ebanks effectively launched the boxing programme in Cayman many decades ago and there was again strong link to at this show, with widow Esther in attendance and her sons Timothy and Thomas who are members of the boxing association, judging and organising. Tommy is the association’s president. Also there was Dee Dee’s son Gary Ebanks, the musician, and his grandson Ian Wood. Both gave trophies.
World class light-middleweight Charles ‘The Killa’ Whittaker, Dee Dee’s prodigy, helped out in the corners. Also working the corners were head coach Nayon ‘Donie’ Anglin, assistant coach Norman ‘Stormin’ Wilson and Troy O’Neil.
Dignitaries and sponsors who handed out trophies included Ivan Farrington, Carl Brown, Roy ‘Huta’ Ebanks, Colin Anglin, Fabian Whorms (Cayman Airways), Ivan Farrington, Leyma Hayman (Andy’s Autos), Tony Logan (CNB), the boxing commissioner Edlin Myles and Franz Manderson.
Peter ‘Lightning’ Lewison is totally dedicated and itching to go to the Pan Am trials later this month in Venezuela. He was outpointed in a box-off against Eric McField in December but outpointed Jesse Bodden in another box-off for a middleweight berth on the last show. McField and Lewison met again on this show but this time it was not close.
McField was hurt by body shots in the first round but seemed okay. He started the second fast but when caught by a flurry of punches got pinned in his own corner. Although covering up well, Killa rose up to stop the contest as referee Michael ‘Bobby’ Peart looked on. McField was dazed but said after he wasn’t badly hurt and felt he could continue.
Cayman’s Dariel Ebanks went into his bout against Aruba’s Stanley Brown boasting an 11-fight unbeaten record. After three absorbing rounds he was still unbeaten but consensus was that Brown had done enough to get the verdict, especially as he clearly won the third round against his southpaw opponent. To his credit, Ebanks was upset with the verdict and sportingly gave his victory trophy to Brown.
Tracey Seymour has been training hard for months but failed to get matched. She even went to Tampa in November but couldn’t get a fight. So when she finally got an opponent this time, Seymour was more than ready to take out all her frustrations. Jamaica’s Crystal Douglas got battered in two rounds.
A euphoric Seymour said: “The fight was made at 165lbs so I made the effort to lose 6lbs overnight because I heard she was well under that weight. But she weighed in at around 178lbs so all that effort was for nothing. They tricked me. I knew it was her first fight but I wasn’t going to hold back.”
Jessica McFarlane-Richards also had Jamaican opposition in a featherweight bout, against Felice Grover. Jessica was the Cayman star in Tampa but this time the tricky switch hitting and all round ability of Grover was a little too much for her and she lost on points. Sensing she was behind on points going into the third, Richards started fast and hurt Grover who took a standing count and she took the shots well to come back and give the Caymanian a standing count too.
Other results: Michael Ford (Cayman) outpointed Keisher Cornet (Aruba), Ernesto Artiaga (Cayman) won third round stoppage against Seaford Russell (Cayman) – exhibition bout, Matthew ‘Ali’ Allen (Cayman) outpointed Dwayne Blake (Jamaica), Boyd Edwar Tatum (Cayman) outpointed Akinyell Logan (Cayman) exbition bout, Colin ‘Bubbalicious’ Barrett (Cayman) outpointed Javaka ‘Assassin’ Kellier (Cayman), Yohann Fitzgerald (Cayman) outpointed Raymond Rodriguez (Cayman) exhibition, Michael Gardner (Jamaica) stopped second round Jason Parchment (Cayman), Kendall Ebanks outpointed Efi Jimy Croes (Aruba).