Cayman’s amateur boxers seized on the chance of promoting their next show in a few weeks by attending two TV screenings of the Manny Pacquiao points win over Timothy Bradley on Saturday night.
Pacquiao regained his WBO welterweight title and also exacted revenge on Bradley who controversially got the verdict in their first bout two years ago, despite the Filipino idol clearly out punching the American throughout.
The Cayman boxing reps were able to raise over $1,000 for the program at the Mango Tree bar and Lone Star restaurant. As well as raising awareness for what they do at the D. Dalmain Ebanks Boxing Gymnasium with coaches Donie Anglin and Troy O’Neil performing pad work demonstrations, they were also able to promote the show against a team from Trinidad and Tobago at Mango Tree on May 17.
Mark Woollard, commercial manager of the boxing association, boxer Tracey Seymour and boxing association’s treasurer Shernett Watson were at Lone Star.
Emma Wadsworth, Kelly Pope, Leyla Jackson (secretary) and coaches Anglin and O’Neil were at Mango Tree. None of the national team could actually attend.
There is already a lot of interest in the show, especially as it is just after Batabano, the Cayman carnival.
Tafari Ebanks is the headline but the other national team boxers and some of the kids in the after-school program will also be boxing.
Tickets go on sale soon from all Jacques Scott outlets, unless VIP tickets are wanted, in which case the contact is Woollard at Silverlight.
Sports Minister Osbourne Bodden and the Olympic Committee’s general secretary Carson Ebanks were in attendance at Mango Tree.
Sponsors besides Mango Tree and Lone Star were Fat Fish Adventures, Haagen-Dazs, Jacques Scott, Lubylu Shoes, LIME, Elite Marble & Granite, Abacus, Tukka and Eagle Rays.
Woollard said, “It was a fantastic night of boxing just as everyone was about to write off Manny. Arrogance seemed to come into play on Bradley’s part, but Pacman showcased what a boxer he is all the way.
“Everyone wants to see Pacquiao face Floyd Mayweather still, but I just don’t see it happening. Being a Brit, Amir Khan would be a good opponent, but he has that suspect chin.
“Personally, I can’t wait to see Cayman’s very own Tafari in the ring next month before he goes into the CAC Games qualifiers in Mexico and Commonwealth Games in Scotland.”
As well as raising awareness for what they do at the D. Dalmain Ebanks Boxing Gymnasium with coaches Donie Anglin and Troy O’Neil performing pad work demonstrations, they were also able to promote the show against a team from Trinidad and Tobago at Mango Tree on May 17.