A very successful pre-OECS boxing tournament, dubbed “BOXING MANIA 2 2017” was held at the Youth Development Center in Grand Anse Saturday 1st April, was just part of a string of successes and achievements for the Boxing Association of Grenada.
In a series of exciting bouts; light welterweight Jerome Joseph of Kayak Warriors Gym defeated Neal Wilson of River Road on points; female lightweight Darniell Thomas of River Road Gym defeated Sheerece Victor of Body Image Gym on points; welterweight Javis Joseph, River Road Gym defeated Kazim Mc Kenzie River Road Gym by TKO.
Middleweight Josh Jones of River Road Gym defeated Jaden Gebon of River Road Gym on points; light-heavyweight Joshua Redhead of Body Image Gym defeated Shawn Allard of River Road Gym on points. Bantamweight Nelon Cyrus of River Road Gym defeated Timothy Stephens of Gouyave Gym on points and heavyweight Shevon Lewis of River Road Gym defeated Dariel Lewis of Kayak Warriors Gym by TKO.
Delivering the feature address and officially declaring the tournament open, President of the Boxing Association of Grenada Johnson St. Louis, congratulated his hard-working executive team for “doing a marvelous job during challenging times over the past year”.
In recent years, the sport of boxing has been on the rise once again in Grenada he said.
In 2015 Grenada captured the OECS boxing title and won 3 Bronze medals at the Caribbean Development Boxing Tournament (CDBT) in Guyana
Also in 2015, Coach Jewel Lewis achieved Level 1 Star International Boxing Association Coaching Certificate.
In 2016, Grenadian Boxers captured 3 Gold and 2 Silver medals and won the title of Champion Boxer at CDBT in Barbados. In that year as well, Lyle Bullen Junior of Carriacou passed the AIBA Level 1 Star Referee/Judge Course and was certified.
This year the association’s 1st Vice-President Dr. Deborah-Ann Stephens-John was appointed to AIBA International Medical Commission, making history in the region.
In 2016 and 2017 two local boxing cards were held in Gouyave exposing a lot of potential for boxing in the outer parishes.
St. Louis noted that there are encouraging signs and interest shown for boxing in schools like GBSS, TAMCC and St. George’s Anglican Senior. We have to regularize and capitalize on these developments.
In the president’s view, by 2018 the association should be on the way to host the first inter-secondary school boxing tournament and by 2020, it is the intention for Grenada to send a powerful boxing team to the Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan.
The association is working with the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Religious Affairs for a permanent home for boxing at the Kirani James Athletic Stadium and the appointment of boxing coaches in the ministry.
St. Louis said the ‘box-off’ would serve to give much needed practice to local ringside officials, to select boxers to the national team to defend Grenada’s OECS title in St. Lucia at the end of this month; to select representatives for the national team for the Youth Commonwealth Games in the Bahamas in May and to prepare for two major “Boxing Manias” in Grenada and Carriacou respectfully, in May and July featuring Boxers from the region, as far as St. Lucia and the Bahamas.
Coaches Sebastian Steill, Shane Joseph, veteran Norbert Grant, B.E.M and others will now work on fine-tuning the boxers for upcoming tournaments.
Former super-heavyweight boxing champion Andre “The Giant” Stewart of River Road, presented two Gold Boxing Gloves to two of the most impressive and outstanding boxers of the night, in the persons of welterweight Javis Joseph and heavyweight Shevon Lewis both training at the River Road Boxing Gym.