Box­ing re­turns with pro-am card

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORT - Leroy Brown Gleaner Writer

BOX­ING RE­TURNS to the lo­cal scene at 8 o’clock tonight with a seven-bout pro-am card at the Bar­bican Beach Sports Com­plex on East Kings House Road in St An­drew.

Five of the bouts will be am­a­teur con­tests, with Ja­maica go­ing up against The Cay­man Is­lands. The other two will be six-round pro­fes­sional bouts fea­tur­ing Jamaican box­ers Sakima Mullings and Jer­maine Bowen go­ing up against for­eign op­po­nents over six rounds each.

The Ja­maica Box­ing Board is pro­mot­ing the am­a­teur sec­tion of the card, while two new pro­mot­ers, I-Fight Pro­mo­tions and Cre­ative Sports, will be in charge of the pro­fes­sional bouts. The spon­sors are Usain Bolt Tracks and Records, Locker Room Sports, and Ston­leigh Cof­fee.

The fea­ture bout will be be­tween Jamaican crowd favourite Sakima Mullings and Court­ney McCleave from the United States, while Jamaican Jer­maine Bowen goes up against Trinida­dian Shel­don Lawrence. Mullings, who is the 2014 Con­tender Wel­ter­weight cham­pion, has an im­pres­sive 18-2 record. He should have been fight­ing a boxer from The Ba­hamas, but this was can­celled be­cause it was re­ported that this boxer suf­fered se­vere per­sonal losses dur­ing Hur­ri­cane Matthew and could not keep the fight date. McCleave who agreed to the fight on short no­tice, has a 1-4 record, but this has not damp­ened his en­thu­si­asm, and he is hop­ing to play the role of gi­ant killer. Bowen, who is a dogged fighter, has been in­ac­tive for over a year and takes a one win and three losses record into his fight with Lawrence, who has had five fights and won them all in­side the dis­tance.

JA­MAICA VS CAY­MAN

The five am­a­teur bouts on the card will see Jamaican box­ers go­ing up against their coun­ter­parts from Cay­man in the first half of an ex­change pro­gramme.

In the first bout, Ja­maicans Sa­muel Grant and Col­lel Hogg will ex­change punches. There will be a fe­male novice bout be­tween Keron Thomas from Ja­maica and Cay­man’s Cham­bria Dal­house. Daniel Hyl­ton will go up against Cay­man’s Alexan­der Smith, and Ricardo Carter, Ja­maica’s out­stand­ing light­weight boxer, goes up against promis­ing Ed­uardo Mon­talvo. The cur­tain will come down on the evening with hard-hit­ting Jamaican Alando Lewis tak­ing on Cay­man’s Dariel Ebanks in a light heavy­weight con­test that is ex­pected to be the high­light of the pro­gramme.

MULLINGS

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