The aim for the boxing show at the D. Dalmain Ebanks boxing gym was to prepare the senior boxers for the Pan American Games trials later this month.
Well they certainly got a good work out on Saturday because the Jamaican Bruising Gym sent five fighters from its stable, including a world class light-heavy to test Dariel Ebanks and take away his 11-fight unbeaten record.
This show was again well supported with a good crowd despite numerous sporting events going on. Bernie Bush, treasurer of the Cayman Islands Olympic Committee, expertly emceed and typically gave some good laughs.
Best one was when he disclosed that under Dee Dee Ebanks, the late trainer who the gym is named after, he had his one and only bout. Bush said: “I was getting so badly beaten that I must be the only boxer in the history of boxing who got disqualified for holding onto the referee!”
The sponsors and donators included the Ministry of Sports, Cayman Airways, Chrissie Tomlinson Memorial Hospital, Andy’s Rent-A -Car, Coconut Car Rentals, Ramada Grand Caymanian and Paint Pros. The ringside doctor was Angella Glidden.
The intermission raffle was well received with prizes coming from Fashion Avenue, Tatianna’s Beauty Salon, No.1 Shoe and Sports Shop and Cayman Airways. There was a generous $1,000 donation from AAP Plumbing & Maintenance and an ice maker from Shoreway Builders.
The trophies were given out by Mike Adam, Fabian Whorms, Carson Ebanks, George Foster, Pete Shepheard, Ian Wood, Gregory Yates, Ivan Farrington and Nicola Williams.
Jessica McFarlane-Richards was soundly outpointed in her last bout against visiting Jamaican Felice Groves. Jessica resolved to work harder in the gym and gain revenge in the rematch. Well she certainly boxed better and was more competitive but the result was the same, going down to Groves in their featherweight match to another points decision.
Featherweight Tafari Ebanks virtually lives in the gym. It shows in his punching power and technique, so it was brave of Javaka ‘Assassin’ Kellier to go in with him, albeit in an exhibition bout. They had a great fight but Tafari’s extra strength and speed ultimately told and a protesting Kellier was pulled out in the third.
Alfredo Deano is newly arrived at the D. Dalmain Ebanks gym but has plenty of experience from his Philippines homeland. The 19-year-old southpaw, inevitably nicknamed ‘Pacquiao’ was just too strong and fast for the raw Jamaican Kestna Davis who was battered to a first round stoppage.
Jason Parchment had a point to prove against Jamaican Michael Gardner having been stopped by body shots in the second round a month ago by the power hitter.
Parchment came out faster than usual and took control. Gardner stepped up the pace in the second and forced a standing count on the Caymanian. Fears were that Parchment was going to fall apart again, but he too found an extra level, giving Gardner a standing count in the third before a barrage of punches ended the fight to wild applause. It was their third meeting, Parchment having won on points the first time.
Kendall Ebanks is in a rich vein of form and that showed again with an outstanding performance against the tough Jamaican Anthony Clark. Ebanks controlled the fight throughout, giving Clark a standing count in the second and third and coming close to stopping him before winning widely on points.
In the show closer Dariel Ebanks met a formidable opponent in British-Jamaican Jovan Young, who is based in London with the celebrated Fitzroy Lodge club.
Young, 25, fought for Jamaica at the Commonwealth Games in October and is a former London champ. He went into the ring with a 22-4 record. Dariel was lucky to get the verdict and keep his record intact in his last contest.
He’s knuckled down in the gym since but his lack of experience showed when he started too fast in the first round, trying to stop the more muscular, seasoned Young. Even though Ebanks gave Young a standing count, the Londoner did not look in serious trouble.
By the second round, Ebanks was tiring badly, took a standing count and adopted the survival mode of clinching as much as possibly.
By the third Dariel was exhausted and looked on the verge of being stopped.
But the tables turned in the Caymanian’s favour when referee Phillmore Barnett disqualified a frustrated Young for swearing at him for Dariel’s persistent holding.