Pro-Am boxing card set for Barbican Complex
ADECLARATION that boxing fans will be able to see regular shows by both professional and amateur boxers over the next 12-month period, was made by Jamaica Boxing Board of Control (JBBC) president Stephen Jones on Wednesday as he officially launched a Pro-Am Boxing card scheduled for Saturday, November 5, at the Barbican Beach Sports Complex on East Kings House Road.
The card will have two professional bouts, with the feature being a six-rounder between Sakima Mullings, the Wray and Nephew 2014 Contender champion and Courtney McCleave from North Carolina. The other fight between two Americans will be announced early next week he said. The joint promoters of this section of the card will be IFight Promotions led by Chris Joy from the USA and Creative Sports led by Donald Lyeow from Jamaica. The JBBC will be promoting the amateur section of the card, which will see five Jamaican boxers going up against boxers from the Cayman Islands.
Speaking at the launch at the Usain Bolt Tracks and Records complex at Market Place in St. Andrew, Jones said that the boxing board now has a network of partners who have pledged to work with the board to foster both amateur and professional boxing.
The two promoting companies he said, were firm in their promise to get that section of the sport moving once more, and the board was in touch with several sister overseas boxing associations, who have agreed to have home and away cards, so as to get their amateur boxers ready for competition. The Jamaica versus Cayman dual meet, he said, was preparation for a Caribbean tournament that will take place in Barbados in December.
Solidifying the pledge, Junior Lincoln, who represented IFight Promotions, pointed to the fact that his principal Chris Joy, had fallen in love with Jamaica’s boxing, and not only would he be bringing good