With pugilistic skills that might serve him well on the floor of the Legislative Assembly, slugger Alva Suckoo, MLA from Bodden Town, will be battling it out with policeman Michael “Bobby” Peart (better known to fight fans as “Bobby the Brawler”) Saturday night at the Lions Center.
In the minds of many, this match is long overdue, with the feud between the Legislative Assembly and the Police Service flaring up periodically, usually around budget time or when RCIPS investigators start sticking their noses into, well, for example, thousands of government credit card receipts.
Peart will have his hands more than full when he faces Suckoo, who possesses the politician’s lightning-like ability to shift position on an issue quicker than Floyd Mayweather can deliver a blistering left hook.
Peart, 48, weighing in at 210 pounds and reaching 6 feet tall, and MLA Suckoo, 44, weighing in 215 pounds and 5 feet, 8 inches will fight three two-minute rounds.
Both are confident of their chances, even though Suckoo is aware he’s going up against a former professional boxer.
“I don’t think either one of us is going to try and kill the other but we will sure put on a good exhibition,” Suckoo said. “One thing is for sure, I’m not letting Michael knock me out.”
“I hope I won’t be charged for GBH,” he added.
Peart boxed professionally for a few years but said after he gave it up, he continued with his training.
“We are staging the fight to let the community know we are there for the youth and to build up the Amateur Boxing Association,” Officer Peart said of the charity event.
Not surprisingly, Peart is the strong cop-shop favorite. Police Commissioner/Coach David Baines likes his champ’s chances: “I think Suckoo is in over his head on this one. Bobby is so fast that he’s practically invisible. In fact, I can’t find him most of the time, nor can most of my top detectives. He’s been the subject of more than one missing-person’s report.”
Odds-makers, though, are not so certain. In fact, some of the top “numbers dealers” on the island are making big bets on Suckoo, pointing out that he’s had the advice and counsel of some of the best in the business, including Premier Alden McLaughlin (who rumor has it has thrown a punch or two himself in his career) and wily Kurt Tibbetts, who rarely, if ever, loses a big battle. MLA Roy McTaggart, a colleague of Suckoo who is legendary for his bobbing and weaving, brings to mind this indisputable truth: “You’ve got to keep moving before they hit you.”
This might be a good point to remind our two combatants of some words uttered by none other than Rocky Balboa in the film “Rocky”:
“Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done.”
In the end, it might all come down to the referee. Suckoo, it is rumored, was lobbying hard for Speaker of the House Juliana O’Connor-Connolly to be the “third person” in the ring, but Peart, sensing a fix, would have none of it.
More seriously, in other matches of interest Saturday evening, The Elite Marble & Granite Saturday Fight Night event has a real international flavor to it, featuring boxers from Cayman, the U.S., Trinidad and Tobago and the Bahamas.
The penultimate fight on the show features boxers who are no strangers to Cayman. Fernando “Kid” Calderon from Fort Lauderdale and Christian McDonald from Trinidad and Tobago, both middleweights in the 64 kilo bracket, have been involved in competition before in Cayman.
McDonald narrowly lost last year to Cayman’s Diego Rodrigues at the Mango Tree event. McDonald has been in Cayman sparring with cousins Hopkin and Tafari Ebanks and is looking forward to fighting Calderon.
Calderon has been to Cayman several times, as a sparring partner for Tafari, and has lost to Cayman’s top amateur, too.
It should be an interesting bout prior to Cayman’s Hopkin topping the bill against Reynold Belcon of Trinidad. There are seven contests scheduled for the show.
Tickets for the fundraiser will be available at the gate for $25. Gates open at 6 p.m., with the first fight at 7 p.m.