Ebanks sparkles on soggy night

The Elite Marble & Granite Carnival of Boxing lived up to its billing at the Mango Tree on Saturday and despite the rain, all five bouts went ahead with Cayman beating visitors Trinidad and Tobago 4-1. 

Bantamweight Tafari Ebanks, who will box for Cayman at the Commonwealth Games in July, unanimously outpointed Shawn Joseph. The Trinidadian was deducted a point in the first round for holding and showed admirable bravery and resilience to last to the end, particularly as Ebanks hit him with fierce body shots throughout.  

Diego Rodriquez is another talented bantam. He had a close and exciting fight with visitor Christian Donald and that was reflected in the split decision in the Caymanian’s favor.  

Hopkins Ebanks, Tafari’s cousin, was too powerful for Dexter Villaroel, stopping him after one minute of the second round in a welterweight bout.  

Heavyweight Roger Ray Watler had his second bout in successive weekends and this time he won, stopping Sheavaughn Millett in one minute of the second round.  

Lightweight Kheon Robinson opened the night but the Caymanian’s debut was not happy, dropping a points decision to Justin Parris.  

Premier Alden McLaughlin was amongst the prize givers.  

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Tafari Ebanks was too fast and powerful for his Trinidadian opponent. – PHOTOS: RON SHILLINGFORD

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Roger Ray Watler won in two rounds.
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