Bruce Lee Coulson left Cayman with high aspirations and came back a champ.
With four-time world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield watching, Coulson earned a unanimous points decision over Alabama’s Earvin Ruffin at the 2016 Sugar Bert Title Belt National Championships in Kissimmee, Florida, on Nov. 21.
“I felt good,” he told media after landing at Owen Roberts International Airport on Thursday afternoon with his new welterweight champion belt slung over his shoulder. “Everybody expected something out of me. I told everybody I was going to focus for it.”
“This time I did what I had to do,” Coulson said. “I came back to the island as a champ.”
Coulson received byes straight through to the championship bout against Ruffin due to his undefeated run during August’s qualifiers for the tournament.
Donie Anglin, in his corner for the match, said the boxer stuck to his game plan.
“He didn’t take unnecessary chances. He didn’t get carried away with his punches. From the first round he was actually leading the fight … so he just went with the pace and kept using his jab.
“What it took to win the fight, he just made sure he would win the fight.”
Sports Minister Osbourne Bodden was among those at the airport to greet Coulson.
Bodden said the boxer is an inspiration for Cayman’s youth.
“You put in the hard work, you’re going to do well,” he said. “But it’s also about personal satisfaction and personal reward.
“We want all of our young people to succeed. Not everyone will become a champion, but the truth is, you can be good at what you do. There’s no replacement for hard work and surrounding yourself with positive people.”