Nassau Stadium’s boxing show now slated for August 13
The uncertain weather conditions because of Tropical Storm Emily has caused promoter Charlie Major Jr. to postpone his show at the Nassau Stadium to Saturday, August 13.
“We were really geared for this Saturday. Meacher Major, Ryan McKenzie and Jerome Ellis, the local headliners, plus those coming in to be their opponents were ready and set but the weather has not worked in our favor. The weather reports on Tropical Storm Emily indicated that the conditions would definitely not be favorable, so we contacted the Bahamas Boxing Commission and asked for a change in sanction dates,” said Major Jr.
The show will mark his re-entry into promotions on a large scale. Following in his father’s (late Charlie Major Sr.) footsteps, Major Jr. became a creditable promoter of wrestling and boxing matches during the late 1980s and 1990s. The stadium itself is the location in The Bahamas most synonymous with both sports and Major Jr. hopes for a sustained revival.
“There have been some years when my personal focus has had to be elsewhere, but there is this great tradition here at the Nassau Stadium and I am very happy and thankful that there are those sponsors who believe strongly in its presence as a leading sports venue. In this regard, I’m working with some people to revive the sports program at the Nassau Stadium. This place has always been very special to my family and I, and to thousands of other Bahamians. I take it as a particular responsibility of mine to give this revival effort my best shot,” added Major Jr.
The show will also serve as the event that will rekindle professional ring activity in the country. Meacher Major is one of the Commonwealth Boxing Council’s (CBC) top super featherweight contenders. He hopes to begin a streak of victories that will lead to a Commonwealth elimination match and eventually a title shot.
McKenzie is undefeated as a
professional and the best rising young boxer in the country. Ellis is a veteran like Major. They both turned professional during the early portion of the last decade, Ellis in 2002 and Major in 2004.
“I welcome this opportunity. It’s good to be fighting. I haven’t fought since last year August and getting back into the ring will be satisfying for me. I’m also glad that we can get the pro boxing scene going locally again. I can tell you that The Bahamas has a good reputation out there. I’ve benefitted a lot by the existence of the Commission in giving me advice and being that ‘big brother’ control and guidance organization for Bahamian professionals. I know for a fact that the Commission stands ready always to help the pros. Now there are those who just go and get into situations without informing the Commission. Like that, the Commission can’t help, but I know that the Commission has been very good for me. Then, there are good Bahamian boxers out there like ‘Tank’ Williams and Edner Cherry and Jerome Ellis who help to give the country a good name in pro boxing. I feel proud to be a Bahamian pro boxer,” said the lightweight champion who has a preference now to campaign in the super featherweight division.
The show next Saturday (August 13) will begin at 7:00 p.m.
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