'Summer Heat' fundraiser aims to boost support for Hopkins

The Cayman Islands Boxing Association is hosting a boxing event in June to raise money to send teenager Hopkins Ebanks to the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa in September. 

“Summer Heat” is at the Dalmain Ebanks Boxing Gymnasium on June 27 from 2:30-6 p.m. There will be five matches demonstrating the growth of talent in the youth program.  

There will also be four exhibition fights with a special bout between Al Suckoo, the Bodden Town MLA, against police officer Michael Peart. 

The main event will be Hopkins, 16, against a fighter from another Caribbean island. 

All money raised from this event will be used to send Hopkins to training camp in Cuba and Miami in July and August. 

His cousin Tafari Ebanks is currently in a training camp in Florida, thanks to the Ministry of Sports, which assisted with the funding. Tafari departs for Tijuana, Mexico on June 3 until June 9 for the qualifying trials for the Pan American Games in Toronto in July. 

There will be many other attractions and surprises at the fundraiser, and snacks will also be on sale. 

Ann-Marie Byrd, president of the Cayman Islands Boxing Association, said, “Please come out and support the youth program and our endeavor to continue to promote the sport of boxing in the Cayman Islands.” 

Tickets are $5 and are on sale now at the Dalmain Ebanks Boxing Gymnasium or by contacting Ann-Marie Byrd on 926-0749.  

Hopkins Ebanks is training for the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa in September. – PHOTO: RON SHILLINGFORD