Roger Ray Watler made his amateur boxing debut at the “Clash of the Giants” boxing event in Nassau, Bahamas on Saturday but left a loser in what appeared to be a home-town decision.
The event on Saturday was meant to pitch some of the best boxers in Canada against those in the Bahamas.
However, after one Canadian withdrew, Bahamas boxing drafted in Watler.
Watler was destined to make his amateur boxing debut against Trinidad at Mango Tree this weekend and, after getting the surprise call, was matched against Davon Hamilton.
Hamilton, with a 2-1 fight record had won a Junior Florida Golden Gloves title in his previous fight, so Watler would have his work cut out on his debut.
As it turned out, Watler did Cayman proud and was by far and away the most aggressive of the two and local coaches thought he was extremely unlucky not to get the decision on points.
Watler is part of an exciting fight card at the “Carnival of Boxing” event, sponsored by Elite Marble & Granite, at Mango Tree on Saturday.
Trinidad and Tobago are sending a strong team but coach “Stormin” Norman Wilson thinks his young charges can win.
The show is headlined by Cayman’s Olympic hopeful Tafari Ebanks who has won 21 of his 25 bouts. He competes in the Commonwealth Games in July. Ebanks faces top Trinidadian bantamweight Shawn Joseph (10-2).
Diego Rodriguez (4-1) faces Christian McDonald (5-1) and talented Hopkins Ebanks (1-0) is matched with Dexter Villaroel (1-1).
Roger Ray Watler is matched with the Trinidad debutant Sheavaughn Millett and Caymanian debutant Kheon Robinson faces Justin Parris (5-2).
“Tafari Ebanks has just qualified for the Central American and Caribbean Games in Mexico in November and is also coming off a six week training camp in Sweden,” said Wilson. “Roger did so well in Nassau at the weekend, he’ll be more than ready when Trinidad come calling.
“In training, Hopkins Ebanks and Diego Rodriguez have look very sharp and Braccer Kheon Robinson is really coming along. I think we’ll do very well.”
The Elite Marble & Granite, Carnival of Boxing event promises to be a fantastic night. Tickets are available in advance form all Jacques Scott liquor stores, or Singh’s Roti Shop for $20, or for $25 on the gate. Gates open on Saturday at Mango Tree at 6 p.m. with the first fight at 7:30 p.m.