Scores of local boxing fans cheered very loudly for their local Boxers at a highly charged ten bout boxing card tournament, dubbed “BOXINGMANIA 3” of 2017, featuring Boxers from Grenada and The Bahamas, which was held at the Youth Development Center in Grand Anse last Saturday 27th May 2017.
While delivering the feature address and officially declaring the tournament open, President of the Boxing Association of Grenada Johnson St. Louis, called for a minute silence to pay respect and tribute to the late Nordica McIntyre, a true and genuine sporting enthusiast and administrator of Grenada, who passed away in The U.S.A. recently.
St. Louis said that history has been made here today, because, this is the first time Grenada is hosting a full team of Boxers from the Bahamas for a boxing competition in Grenada.
The BAG expressed thanks to Mr Wellington Miller President of Bahamas Boxing and Olympic Committee who organised for the entire Bahamas boxing team to travel to Grenada.
St. Louis told the appreciative audience that Grenada and the Bahamas are preparing their young Boxers to participate in the Youth Commonwealth Games, which is scheduled to take place in the Capital of the Bahamas, Nassau, from the 19th to 23rd July of this year.
The BAG and the GOC are now finalising plans and very proud to send two young, dedicated Caribbean and OECS Gold Medalists Boxers in the persons of Timon Gilbert and Rufus Vesprey, together with Coach Sebastian Stiell to represent Grenada at the games.
St. Louis noted that it is the first time in over 50 years that a Commonwealth Games event has been held in the Caribbean, the last being in 1966 in Kingston, Jamaica.
The Youth Games aims to unite 1000 young athletes, aged 14-18, in a Caribbean carnival of impactful competition, personal development and new Commonwealth friendships.
“The Commonwealth Youth Games, are a unique and empowering opportunity to celebrate and engage young people on the level playing field of sport.
During the ‘Boxingmania’, The BAG President presented Lyle Bullen Jr. of Carriacou his AIBA 1 Star Level Referee/Judge Certificate and Badge, which was sent by the international body governing the sport of boxing, for successfully completing his AIBA exams in Barbados last December.
A two-day training course was held in Grenada for several local referee/judges and ringside officials, conducted by AIBA, 3Star Referee/Judge James Beckles of Trinidad and Tobago, Lyle Bullen Jr. and Ramona Agard of Guyana which was very beneficial for the outcome of the tournament.
The President on behalf of BAG also made a special presentation to outstanding Boxing Coach Norbert Grant, BEM on celebrating his 88th Birthday, while noting that they travelled around the world together attending various successful boxing programmes.
The President said that this hard-working BAG Executive will not rest until we achieve some gold medals at AIBA Elite Competitions, Central American Games, Pan American Games, various forms of Commonwealth Games and Summer Olympics.
The BAG will like to express thanks to the main sponsor of the event; the MNIB, Saint-Lu, Western Union, Real Value, Republic Bank, The GOC, Bananas, Waggy-T, Beacon Ins., Liz & Rawle, Century 21, Ck’s-Super-Valu and many more sponsors including the volunteers and the energetic boxing fans for their tremendous assistance and support.
RESULTS OF LOCAL FIGHTS:
1.Light welter weight Kazim Mc Kenzie defeated Timothy Raghoonath.
2.Light welter weight Jerome Joseph Defeated Dan Charles
3.Super Heavy Weight Imrod Bartholomew defeated Andy Andall
4.Welter weight Javis Regis defeated Jaden Gebon
5.Female Light Heavy Weight Cristal Paul defeated Darriell Thomas
RESULTS OF REGIONAL FIGHTS:
6.Middle Weight Joshua Redhead of Grenada defeated Charlton Knowles of The Bahamas
7.Light Heavy Weight Timon Gilbert of Grenada lost to Davian Smith of The Bahamas
8.Light Weight Nelon Cyrus of Grenada lost to Ronald Woodside of the Bahamas
9. Middle weight Rufus Vesprey of Grenada defeated Lennox Boyce of the Bahamas
10.Super Heavy Weight Shevon Lewis of Grenada defeated Stephen Smith of the Bahamas.
Coaches Sebastian Stiell, Shane Joseph, Desmond Hector, Jewel Lewis and Veteran Norbert Grant, B.E.M were generally encouraged by the performances of all the local Boxers and will now concentrate all their efforts on fine tuning the Boxers for upcoming regional tournaments.