The successful Cayman Islands boxing team that returned from Barbados with medals are being backed to turn pro by Charles ‘The Killa’ Whittaker when the time is right.
The five attended the Ronald Wilson Memorial Tournament in Bridgetown with the boxing programme’s head coach Nayon ‘Donie’ Anglin and despite being one of the smallest of the 11 countries competing, were one of the most successful.
Gold medals were won by Dariel Ebanks at light-heavy, Thomas McField-Brown (middleweight) and Tafari Ebanks (bantam). Silvers were won by Gino ‘Crusher’ Brown (super-heavy) and Kendall Ebanks (lightweight). McField-Brown won by a first round technical knock out, Brown lost by second round stoppage and Kendall lost by a close points decision. Dariel and Tafari won on points.
Thomas Ebanks, President of the Cayman Islands Boxing Association, said: “These results show that once we’re equally matched against other boxers from the region we can do quite well. It just goes to show the total commitment of the boxers, coaches and officials to make the programme work. It is a great testament to everyone’s effort.”
Whittaker was at the airport to welcome the boxing team. He said: “This is a great testament to the work being done by the coaches in the boxing programme. A lot of praise to coach Norman Wilson for doing a great job and putting the programme together. He has certainly been the backbone of the programme.
“It certainly wouldn’t have happened if coach Donie Anglin hadn’t been working along with him and there are guys coming up. It’s impressive. The boys should be proud of themselves. I’m sure that coach Anglin is happy with the team.
“I’ve been involved with the boxing programme here since 1988 and we used to send away teams and everybody came back with losses but in the last 18 months our programme has been doing exceptionally well and it goes back to the great coaching going on.
“I’m excited for them. They’ve just got to continue to be persistent and willing to learn. I would advise the older ones to try to go to the Olympics and then after that turn pro.”