Cayman boxers Kendall Ebanks and Dariel Ebanks lost their bouts at the International Boxing Association World Championships in Azerbaijan over the weekend but gleaned immense experience in the process.
Kendall started slowly and lost to his Moroccan opponent on points then Dariel went down to the number seven seed from Uzbekistan. Kendall found his opponent too elusive in losing 21-5. Both Caymanians went there with high hopes but ultimately it was lack of exposure at this level which was their downfall. At least they can build on the experience to do better at future major championships.
Despite the setback, Kendall was reflective afterwards. He said: “This is not the end. I’m not down on myself and I don’t want any of you to be down about my loss because this loss was a great eye opener for me. I’m thankful for all the love and support you all gave me during my run in the world championships.”
Dariel lost on points too. At least he had the satisfaction of being the first Cayman Islands boxer to win a bout at a world championships by beating a fighter from the Seychelles in an earlier bout.