Cubans won’t let us off the hook

Cayman Islands boxers Kendall and Tafari Ebanks are establishing themselves internationally to the point that they were invited to compete in the Elite Continental Championships in Chile.  

In preparation, they went to Florida where they both defeated the current Florida Golden Gloves Champions in their divisions.  

Joined by coach Nayon “Donie” Anglin, the team went to Chile immediately after to compete against the world’s elite.  

Kendall Ebanks fought an intense toe-to-toe bout with Argentina’s best, Alberto Palmetta. He was unsuccessful with a close 30-25 points defeat. 

Tafari Ebanks fought Mexican Olympic favorite Sergio Chirino and was also unsuccessful on an extremely close points decision, the Caymanian losing by three on one judge’s card and two points with two other judges.  

Despite not making it through to the later stages of this competition, both fighters are still focused on reaching the next Olympics in 2016. 

Tafari said: “It was a very tough competition. I am gutted not to have won my fight, but this setback has only made me want to work harder and longer to reach success.” 

The boxing team returned to Cayman this week and there is no rest for them as they will now face a team from Cuba, the world’s best amateur boxing nation, for tough bouts. 

The Cuban national Olympic team arrives in Cayman on Sept. 12 for the Dalmain Ebanks Champions Invitational, a boxing extravaganza hosted by the Cayman Islands Boxing Association at Pedro St. James on Sept. 14. 

Gates open at 6 p.m. and bouts showcasing Cayman’s talent from the after-school program right through to Tafari and Kendall taking on the best Cubans. 

Boxing association president Terence Spencer said: “We wish to thank our event sponsors Paramount Media, Pedro St. James, Cayman Cabana, One Tree Four Five, Silverlight, Scott Security and Elite Marble and Granite, as well as our long-term sponsors Dart Foundation and Cayman Airways.” 

After the amateur contests, event guests can kick back and enjoy a comedy show hosted by Laughter Lounge and then the Floyd Mayweather vs. Saul Alvarez fight on the big screen live from Las Vegas.  


For VIP admission and sales, contact [email protected], general admission is $25 and available via 326-4510 or [email protected]  

Joined by coach Nayon “Donie” Anglin, the team went to Chile immediately after to compete against the world’s elite.  


Tafari Ebanks is preparing for the Cubans here next week.


Kendall Ebanks has gleaned a wealth of experience in recent years. – PHOTOS: RON SHILLINGFORD