Pro-Am box­ing card set for Bar­bican Com­plex

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Leroy Brown Gleaner Writer

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


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