A very successful PRE-OECS Boxing Tournament dubbed “BOXING MANIA 2 2017” was held at the Youth Development Center in Grand Anse last Saturday 1st April,2017.
While delivering the feature address and officially declaring the tournament open, President of the Boxing Association of Grenada Johnson St.Louis, congratulated his hard working executive team for doing a marvelous job during challenging times over the past year.
In recent years the sport of Boxing has been on the rise once again in Grenada he said:
In 2015- Grenada captured the OECS Boxing Title and won 3 Bronze medals at CDBT in Guyana.
2015- Coach Jewel Lewis achieved Level 1 Star AIBA Coaching Certificate.
2016- Grenadian Boxers captured 3 Gold and 2 Silver medals and won the title of Champion Boxer at CDBT in Barbados.
2016- Lyle Bullen Junior of Carriacou successfully sat and passed the AIBA Level 1 Star Refree/Judge Course and awarded a certificate.
2017- Our hard working 1st Vice-President Dr. Deborah-Ann Stephens- John was appointed to AIBA International Medical Commission making history in the region.
In 2016 and 2017 two local boxing cards were held in Gouyave with a lot of potential in the making for boxing in the outer parishes.
St.Louis noted that there are encouraging signs and interest shown for boxing in schools like GBSS,TAMCC and Hindsey. We have to regularize and capitalize on these developments.
By 2018 The Association should really be on the way to host the first Inter -Secondary School Boxing Tournament and by 2020,it is the intention for Grenada to send sending a powerful Boxing Team to the Summer Olympics in Tokoyo,Japan.
We are working with the Ministry of Youth,Sports and Religious Affairs for a permanent home for boxing at the soon to be named Kirani James Athletic Stadium and the appointment of Boxing Coaches in the Ministry.
St.Louis said this ‘Box-Off’ will serve to give much needed practice to our Boxing Ringside Officials;to select Boxers on the National Team to defend our OECS Boxing Title in St.Lucia at the end of this month; to select our representatives on the National Team for the Youth Commonwealth Games in the Bahamas in May of this year; and to prepare for two major ‘Boxingmanias’in Grenada and Carriacou respectfully in May and July featuring Boxers from the region, as far as St.Lucia and the Bahamas.
The President expressed special thanks and appreciation to the GOC,Glenelg and Sponsors for their kind assistance towards hosting the tournament.
RESULTS OF BOXING MANIA 2 2017:
1.Light welter weight Jerome Joseph of Kayak Warriors Gym defeated Neal Wilson of River Road on Points.
2.Female Light weight Darniell Thomas of River Road Gym Defeated Sheerece Victor of Body Image Gym on Points
3.Welter Weight Javis Joseph River Road defeated Kazim Mc Kenzie River Road by TKO.
4.Middle weight Josh Jones of River Road defeated Jaden Gebon of River Road on Points.
5.Light Heavy Weight Joshua Readhead of Body Image defeated Shawn Allard of River Road on points.
6.Bantam Weight Nelon Cyrus of River Road defeated Timothy Stephens of Gouyave on Points.
7.Heavy Weight Shevon Lewis of River Road defeated Dariel Lewis of Kayak Warriors Gym by Tko.
Coaches Sebastian Stiell,Shane Joseph , Veteran Norbert Grant,B.E.M and others will now work on fine tuning the Boxers for upcoming regional tournaments.
Former Super Heavy Weight Boxing Champion Andre “the Giant” Stewart of River Road presented 2 Gold Boxing Gloves to two of the most impressive and outstanding Boxers on the night, in the persons of Welter Weight Javis Joseph and Heavy Weight Shevon Lewis both training at the River Road Boxing Gym.