Off to JA for champs to admire


Cayman boxers get another chance to test themselves internationally against some of Jamaica’s top amateurs in Kingston this weekend.  

The Jamaica Boxing Board of Control stages its second leg of the “Road to Rio” 2016 Olympics shows on Saturday and four Cayman fighters are matched at the Treasure Beach Sports Park.  

National boxing team captain Tafari Ebanks continues his own march towards Rio and the other Cayman pugilists are Diego Rodriguez, Hopkins Ebanks and Bruce Coulson. 

Sporting celebrities in the crowd will include Lennox Lewis, the former heavyweight world champion, and tennis icons Serena and Venus Williams.  

The Williams are conducting a tennis clinic at the Treasure Beach Sports Park on the Saturday morning so fans of that sport will not be disappointed either. Organizers expect another massive crowd of over 4,000. 

Terence Spencer, president of the Cayman Islands Boxing Association, said: “The event in Jamaica was an invite only competition which features a star studded audience such as Lennox Lewis and Venus and Serena Williams who will be ringside, “Our boxers have now firmly positioned themselves on the international radar of these sports icons who wholeheartedly enjoy Olympic boxing.  

“I am elated that the Jamaican Boxing Commission looked to us first to be able to facilitate a competition like this not to mention that they also footed the majority of the cost to bring our boxers over to compete. This is truly a testament to where we are going in becoming a program with world class athletes.” 

Three of Jamaica’s exciting amateurs – Michael Gardner, Jonathon Hanson and Kestner Davis are expected to be on the card. 

The local boxers come from several gyms across the island including Bruising Gym, Olympic/Sugar Gym and the Stanley Couch Gym. 

Organizer Jason Henzell said that it will be an exciting weekend of boxing and entertainment which will also include reggae star Tarrus Riley performing on Friday. 

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Tafari Ebanks fought in Kingston last year and won. – PHOTOS: RON SHILLINGFORD

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Diego Rodriguez impressed when he fought in Jamaica before.