Punchy demo was fun for all

The Cayman Islands Boxing Association held a Family Fun Day to raise money for its boxing programme and to announce its new sponsorship from the Dart Foundation.  

The event was held on the grounds of Pedro St. James last week. Children and adults alike enjoyed activities such as water slides, bouncy castles, cake decorating, face painting and a BBQ.  

The crowd was also kept entertained by boxing demonstrations from the coaches and national boxing team, who had just returned from a six-week training camp in Cuba.  

Even the boxing association board got involved in the demonstrations with president Terence Spencer and secretary general Leyla Jackson doing some pad work, to demonstrate that boxing is not just for hardcore boxing enthusiasts, it is also a great workout for people of any levels of fitness and background.  

They train at the D. Dalmain Ebanks gym at the Truman Bodden Sports Complex.  

The day’s activities and raffle raised more than $700. The Cayman Islands Boxing Association was expecting a greater turn out but the overcast weather had an impact on attendance. Despite this, the event was still a great success. 

Jackson said: “It is really important for us as an association to raise the profile of boxing within the Islands and the work that the association is doing. 

“The Fun Day helped us to let people know about our boxing and after-school programmes, our gym facilities and who we are. We want to involve the whole community in our boxing family.  

“We all had a brilliant day and enjoyed working together and the attendees and volunteers had a great time too.  

“There are many exciting things in the pipeline for Cayman Olympic Boxing at the moment including a documentary which is currently in production, and a competition on Cayman soil against the Cuban Olympic boxers in September. So you will be hearing a lot more from us in the coming months.” 

The boxing association thanked its event sponsors Dart, Pedro St. James, Cayman Airways and Paramount Media, Star 92.7, Daybreak on Cayman 27 and DMS Broadcasting. They are also grateful to raffle donators Fat Fish Adventures, Maedac, J&M Electronics, Booknook and Anthony Ritch of LIME. 

For more information on upcoming boxing association events, contact Leyla Jackson on [email protected]  


Jesse Bodden works out with coach Donie Anglin on the pads.