Wal­ters calls for more box­ing events, gym in Mobay

Daily Observer (Jamaica) - - SPORT - By Paul a Reid Ob­server writer

MON­TEGO BAY, St James — Ni­cholas Wal­ters, the for­mer WBA fly­weight cham­pion, has called for more box­ing events be­ing staged in his home town of Mon­tego Bay, as well as “a fully func­tional box­ing gym” to en­gage the youth of the city and its en­vi­ron­ment.

The call came at Thurs­day’s me­dia launch of the Ja­maica Box­ing Board’s sec­ond Gloves over Guns se­ries of fights that will be staged at the Mon­tego Bay Cricket Club on Satur­day, Novem­ber 17 and fea­tur­ing eight bouts.

The press con­fer­ence that was held at the Mon­tego Bay Cricket Club also saw the sign­ing of an agree­ment for a gym to be built on the Cricket Club’s premises that will be run by Ni­cholas’s fa­ther and first coach, Job.

The fight card will see eight bouts, sec­re­tary of the Ja­maica Box­ing Board Leroy Brown ex­plained, in­clud­ing five fea­tur­ing young box­ers from Canada and the other three fea­tur­ing lo­cal box­ers.

Wal­ters, who threw his full sup­port be­hind the Gloves over Guns ini­tia­tive, said with Mon­tego Bay be­ing in the news in re­gard to crime of late, ex­pos­ing the young peo­ple to box­ing could reap ben­e­fits.

“Box­ing has al­ways been in Kingston, and I have been in box­ing a few years now and the Gloves over Guns theme is a good thing to turn the youths from the guns and box­ing can be a lu­cra­tive ca­reer,” he said be­fore warn­ing that if there are no real solid plans then it could back­fire.

“We need more events for the youths to ben­e­fit, but if you tell a guy to put down the gun, what will he pick up? The busi­ness sec­tor must be in­volved as well. There must be a pro­gramme to get box­ers from the am­a­teur to the pro­fes­sional level.”

Wal­ters said he was hop­ing the ini­tia­tive would not be a one-off but on­go­ing. “When I am away I want to hear that there is box­ing events be­ing held in Mon­tego Bay, and other parts of the is­land and we must have a fully func­tional gym where the youths can go to work­out and also take their friends with them as well.”

(Photo: Paul Reid)

For­mer WBA Fly­weight cham­pion Ni­cholas Wal­ters (left) talks to his fa­ther Job dur­ing Thurs­day’s me­dia launch of the Gloves over Guns box­ing event at the Mon­tego Bay Cricket Club.

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