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Bahamian boxing comes alive as Major gets back on win trail

It was great to see the former Minister of Sports Neville Wisdom in the house. There he was in the Rainforest Theatre at the Wyndham Resort this past Friday evening, soaking up the excitement of the finest boxing show in this decade.
There were quite a number of other sports enthusiasts who came in a modest initial flow that eventually swelled to a packed theater. The ultimate satisfaction came to the Bahamian supporters of the show when Meacher Major ended up with a decision victory at the end of six rousing rounds with the tough Brazilian Roger Rosa.
Promoter Tommy Stubbs deserves congratulations. His Buttons Formal Wear team jumped readily into a situation totally new to them and success was the result. Ronn Rodgers of the Strikers Boxing Club, and Ray Minus Jr., who heads Champion Amateur Boxing Club, both responsible for the coordination of the matches, came up big as well.
Despite some glitches and making the adjustment to the regulations put in place by the Bahamas Boxing Commission, the end result was one that ought to inspire Stubbs to continue on this new business path. He certainly seemed to have a good feeling about the show when it was all over.
He smiled when several spectators came up to him and asked for more shows. Without a doubt, his step into boxing was pivotal in giving the sport energy.
The collaboration of pro and amateur boxing is a winner. The crowd, by the response, obviously enjoyed the amateur action. In fact so solid was the entire card that when Dencil Major opted out of the competition and Alex Perez flopped against Mike Sawyer, the onlookers still left feeling that they had gotten their money's worth.
The amateur bout of the night was between American Fernando Caldron and Bahamian Kendric Stuart of the Strikers Boxing Club. Interestingly enough, although Stuart cleaned up on Caldron for the first two rounds, his propensity to mix it up when he could have just boxed and won in a breeze, proved to be his undoing. In the third round he was badly out of gas and absorbed blows that in the earlier rounds he was evading. That final round obviously swayed the judges and Caldron got the nod.
It was an encounter, however, with solid action throughout. In other amateur bouts, Jonathon Cox of Champion Amateur Boxing Club won against his club mate Don Rolle; Strikers Boxing Club's D'Angelo Swaby won by third round stoppage against Champion Club's Renardo McKenzie; Strikers Club's Israel Johnson defeated Tyson Isaacs of the Beast Mode Fight Team, and Kerone Knowles of Champion Boxing won over Strikers Club's Tyrone Oliver.
It was a big night for boxing.
Significant in the mix was announcer Ivan 'Showtime' Francis. Although new to the game, he was a rather nice dimension and could become a fixture on the scene.
Hopefully, the ring excitement will continue.

o To respond to this column, kindly contact Fred Sturrup at sturrup1504@gmail.com.

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No Power At National Boxing Gym
No Power At National Boxing Gym

One look at the inside of the national boxing gym, and there's no wonder why the amateur boxing program in the country is in shambles.

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Boxers seek qualification to mark 40th anniversary

A team from the Amateur Boxing Federation of The Bahamas (ABFB), inclusive of two boxers, is in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, today for the final Olympic Trials. Valentino Knowles and Carl Heild, light welterweight and welterweight standouts respectively, will each be trying to ensure they snatch one of the remaining qualifying spots left for the London 2012 Olympics. If one or both qualify, it will be an excellent way to mark the 40th year since The Bahamas was first represented in boxing at the Olympic Games.
The year was 1972 and the sports extravaganza in Munich was to forever be tainted by the tragedy of the Israeli team being taken hostage and 11 athletes and coaches losing their lives. For The Bahamas however, the Games were special because one sports discipline was making its debut.
Along with sailing and athletics, amateur boxing competitors were a part of the Bahamian delegation. Nathaniel Knowles, the middleweight, was to become the first Bahamian to win a bout in Olympic competition. Also in Munich on the historic sporting occasion for his country, was the late Gary Davis, who fought in the welterweight division.
Assisting the pair in the corners were this writer (amateur boxing president at the time) and National Coach Bert Perry. It would be a fitting tribute to the pioneer efforts of Nat Knowles and Davis, if Valentino Knowles and Heild are successful. ABFB President Wellington Miller thinks the boxers will qualify. He informed that there are 38 Olympic spots available in this final set of trials. According to Miller, the top five boxers in the light welter and welterweight divisions will earn the trip to London.
"I feel confident. Valentino and Carl are each ranked among the top five within the region. I expect that they will follow through in this tournament. At the end of the day, we should have two boxers competing for The Bahamas at the Olympics in London," said Miller.
The technical meeting was scheduled last evening and the draw for the bouts is slated to take place this morning with the competition beginning this afternoon. The boxers must qualify first and if they do, then there is the tall order of trying to equal the stellar performance of welterweight Taureano Johnson at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Johnson is a professional fighter these days, but he has left his signature on amateur boxing in The Bahamas and the wider region. His No. 5 ranking from winning two bouts in Beijing stands as the highest a Bahamian has ever been on the world list. In Rio along with Knowles, Heild and Miller, are coaches Andre Seymour and Steve Larramore.
Best wishes to the group!
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Nassau Stadium returns to 'Glory Days'If you ask any local boxing enthusiast where the 'spot' to watch some of the country's most heated fights in the 1970-80's was, many would say the Nassau Stadium. Those days the Fowler Street outdoor facility was seen

If you ask any local boxing enthusiast where the 'spot' to watch some of the country's most heated fights in the 1970-80's was, many would say the Nassau Stadium. Those days the Fowler Street outdoor facility was seen as one of the leading sporting meccas in the country. The place to see the top amateur and professional boxers go blow-for-blow.

Nowadays, nothing much is happening there, leaving majority of the youth boxers without a clue as to where it is located. But all that is about to change, when the Pan American Caribbean Boxing Organization (PACBO) host a series of shows there. Amateur fighters will get to 'throw down' every month, starting on December 11. The mon ...If you ask any local boxing enthusiast where the 'spot' to watch some of the country's most heated fights in the 1970-80's was, many would say the Nassau Stadium. Those days the Fowler Street outdoor facility was seen as one of the leading sporting meccas in the country. The place to see the top amateur and professional boxers go blow-for-blow.

Nowadays, nothing much is happening there, leaving majority of the youth boxers without a clue as to where it is located. But all that is about to change, when the Pan American Caribbean Boxing Organization (PACBO) host a series of shows there. Amateur fighters will get to 'throw down' every month, starting on December 11. The mon ...

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Nassau Stadium returns to 'Glory Days'If you ask any local boxing enthusiast where the 'spot' to watch some of the country's most heated fights in the 1970-80's was, many would say the Nassau Stadium. Those days the Fowler Street outdoor facility was seen

If you ask any local boxing enthusiast where the 'spot' to watch some of the country's most heated fights in the 1970-80's was, many would say the Nassau Stadium. Those days the Fowler Street outdoor facility was seen as one of the leading sporting meccas in the country. The place to see the top amateur and professional boxers go blow-for-blow.

Nowadays, nothing much is happening there, leaving majority of the youth boxers without a clue as to where it is located. But all that is about to change, when the Pan American Caribbean Boxing Organization (PACBO) host a series of shows there. Amateur fighters will get to 'throw down' every month, starting on December 11. The mon ...If you ask any local boxing enthusiast where the 'spot' to watch some of the country's most heated fights in the 1970-80's was, many would say the Nassau Stadium. Those days the Fowler Street outdoor facility was seen as one of the leading sporting meccas in the country. The place to see the top amateur and professional boxers go blow-for-blow.

Nowadays, nothing much is happening there, leaving majority of the youth boxers without a clue as to where it is located. But all that is about to change, when the Pan American Caribbean Boxing Organization (PACBO) host a series of shows there. Amateur fighters will get to 'throw down' every month, starting on December 11. The mon ...

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Nassau Stadium returns to 'Glory Days'If you ask any local boxing enthusiast where the 'spot' to watch some of the country's most heated fights in the 1970-80's was, many would say the Nassau Stadium. Those days the Fowler Street outdoor facility was seen

If you ask any local boxing enthusiast where the 'spot' to watch some of the country's most heated fights in the 1970-80's was, many would say the Nassau Stadium. Those days the Fowler Street outdoor facility was seen as one of the leading sporting meccas in the country. The place to see the top amateur and professional boxers go blow-for-blow.

Nowadays, nothing much is happening there, leaving majority of the youth boxers without a clue as to where it is located. But all that is about to change, when the Pan American Caribbean Boxing Organization (PACBO) host a series of shows there. Amateur fighters will get to 'throw down' every month, starting on December 11. The mon ...If you ask any local boxing enthusiast where the 'spot' to watch some of the country's most heated fights in the 1970-80's was, many would say the Nassau Stadium. Those days the Fowler Street outdoor facility was seen as one of the leading sporting meccas in the country. The place to see the top amateur and professional boxers go blow-for-blow.

Nowadays, nothing much is happening there, leaving majority of the youth boxers without a clue as to where it is located. But all that is about to change, when the Pan American Caribbean Boxing Organization (PACBO) host a series of shows there. Amateur fighters will get to 'throw down' every month, starting on December 11. The mon ...

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Young boxers set for season finale

The show put on by the Champion Amateur Boxing Club (CABC) this past weekend was truly exciting, and will serve as the final tune-up to the end-of-year finale, set for December 18, at the club's boxing gym on Wulff Road.
Saturday's card was one of the 22 successful boxing shows hosted by the boxing club this year. According to club coach and manager Ray Minus Jr., a number of the boxers from Saturday's show have added their names for consideration for the best boxer award. The winners, in the various divisions, will be announced on December 20, when the awards will be presented.
One of the fighters hoping to be named top boxer is Don Rolle. Rolle fought on?Saturday and will also comp ...

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Pro boxing match-up creates excitement

Professional boxing fans are in store for some exciting action this coming June 1 at the C.I. Gibson Gymnasium. A Major's Promotion and Entertainment show is featuring Meacher 'Major Pain' Major and Anthony 'Psycho' Woods. An application has been made to the Bahamas Boxing Commission (BBC) for the bout to be a welterweight title clash. Whatever the case, because Ray Minus Jr. who manages Woods, has been bragging about his fighter's "good chances" against Major, the enthusiasm is building quickly.
Firstly, it should be recognized that Minus Jr. once managed Major and guided him to the World Boxing Association (WBA) Fede Caribe super featherweight title. The two parted several years ago and Major went on to establish himself as a serious contender in the Commonwealth Boxing Council (CBC). Woods on the other hand has had a much less than spectacular career. Nevertheless, he always brings immense passion and courage to his matches.
Ordinarily, the contest would be labeled a mismatch and the proposal caused a lot of consideration by commissioners. Factor in though, Woods will be competing at a weight he is very comfortable with while Major will be venturing out in the heavier category for the very first time. Thus far he has campaigned only in the super featherweight and lightweight categories.
Woods is taller, packs a decent punch and is a notorious fast starter. If he is able to take advantage of his height and reach, apply early pressure, spectators could be in for a "major" brawl. Once Major gets in rhythm, he should be able to control the action. These are the uncertainties that are creating the big buzz about the proposed match. Actually the bout is equally important for the fighters.
Major is eager to prove that he is in the upper echelon of Bahamian pro boxing campaigners and deserves to be classed with Edner Cherry, Sherman 'Tank' Williams, Taureano Johnson and Ryan McKenzie. A defeat at the hands of Woods would ultimately signal to Major that the time has come to hang up the gloves. Woods has no real status. He has been termed a stepping-stone opponent and is not likely to win a regional or international boxing title. He is exciting to watch though and could steal the thunder from Major if the latter does not bring into the ring savvy and determination.
For Woods, this is his big opportunity before Bahamian fans to finally get some credit. He has toiled for about eight years now and has not really gained respect of the boxing fraternity in this county. Yes, on the surface, the bout does not look inspiring. Once you examine everything about the two fighters however, the contest becomes one you want very much to witness. I would like to see what, if anything at all of the early Meacher Major is left. It would also be good for Woods to attain respectability. He has always been a hard worker.
So here we are. The promotional group has only to satisfy the conditions of the commission. It's game on!
(To respond to this column, kindly contact Fred Sturrup at sturrup1504@gmail.com)

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Promoter Stubbs enters boxing with a bang

Businessman Tommy Stubbs is entering the boxing fraternity with a bang. A sports aficionado, Stubbs has a solid background in softball and baseball but has always been passionate about sports in general.
He has been drawn to boxing by one of the finest young gentlemen in the country. I refer to current super Bahamian featherweight champion Meacher Major, a friend of Stubbs and a model at times during the Button Formal Wear events. Stubbs is the general manager of Buttons.
"I really decided to get into boxing because I want to assist Meacher in this part of his career. You know I am a sports person and whatever I go at I try to give it my best shot. The same will apply here," said Stubbs.
He is to be congratulated for his own courage. It takes a strong and determined-minded businessman to get into the promotion of boxing at this time, when the economy is still at rock bottom for many sponsors who previously partnered with events.
"I think out of the box," said Stubbs in an interview when he first expressed an interest to do the show, which is scheduled Friday, December 13 for the Rainforest Theatre of the Crystal Palace Casino.
"I believe it can work out nicely, if the attractions are there. There has to be something different. I will bring new dimensions. I will give the boxing public something other than the usual," added Stubbs.
In truth, he does plan to come with something kind of special.
Promoter Stubbs has announced that negotiations are going on with associates outside of the country to arrange for two foreign female boxers to be on the show. This will be an excellent addition and should compliment the overall show tremendously.
Major will clash with Brazilian Roger Rosa (5-4-1-1)) in the main event, a scheduled 6-rounder. Rosa, like Major is trying to rebound from two consecutive defeats. Major (20-6-1-1) is the more experienced, but the Brazilian
boxers have a long-time reputation for resilience and toughness.
The pro segment of the show will include a match between American Mike Sawyer and Cuban Alex Perez and Dencil Miller clashing with Lester Brown. The proposed female encounter will close out the professional part of the show. Three amateur matches are scheduled and the night should be quite entertaining for patrons.
As a prelude to the event, Stubbs has scheduled a press conference for Mario's Bowling and Entertainment palace, this coming Friday, November 22 to showcase Rosa. He is to fly in for the contract signing, another element that will spice up the entire affair.
The press conference is scheduled for 2:30 p.m. at Mario's and the excitement is building already.
From the outset, with Stubbs as a part of the mix, boxing has received a boost.

o To respond to this column, kindly contact Fred Sturrup at sturrup1504@gmail.com.

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Nassau Stadium returns to 'Glory Days'If you ask any local boxing enthusiast where the 'spot' to watch some of the country's most heated fights in the 1970-80's was, many would say the Nassau Stadium. Those days the Fowler Street outdoor facility was seen

If you ask any local boxing enthusiast where the 'spot' to watch some of the country's most heated fights in the 1970-80's was, many would say the Nassau Stadium. Those days the Fowler Street outdoor facility was seen as one of the leading sporting meccas in the country. The place to see the top amateur and professional boxers go blow-for-blow.

Nowadays, nothing much is happening there, leaving majority of the youth boxers without a clue as to where it is located. But all that is about to change, when the Pan American Caribbean Boxing Organization (PACBO) host a series of shows there. Amateur fighters will get to 'throw down' every month, starting on December 11. The mon ...If you ask any local boxing enthusiast where the 'spot' to watch some of the country's most heated fights in the 1970-80's was, many would say the Nassau Stadium. Those days the Fowler Street outdoor facility was seen as one of the leading sporting meccas in the country. The place to see the top amateur and professional boxers go blow-for-blow.

Nowadays, nothing much is happening there, leaving majority of the youth boxers without a clue as to where it is located. But all that is about to change, when the Pan American Caribbean Boxing Organization (PACBO) host a series of shows there. Amateur fighters will get to 'throw down' every month, starting on December 11. The mon ...

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