The boxing fraternity, particularly in The Bahamas, but in the wider world as well, is saddened. One of the great boxers of the 1970s has died. Elisha Obed (Everette Ferguson) passed away on Thursday.
“On behalf of The Bahamas Boxing Commission, I extend condolences to the family of the late sports icon and national hero. The nation lost one of its dynamic contributors to sports power,” said commission chairman Fred Sturrup
“In November of 1975, when Obed knocked out Miguel de Oliveira to win the World Boxing Council Junior Middleweight Title, the Bahamian nation celebrated. In accordance with that great accomplishment, subsequently, Obed was paid a national tribute in the House of Assembly.
“At his peak, he rated with the greats of all time. He was a compact ring stylist, with an extraordinary left jab, and awesome power in both fists. He was also a master at slipping punches and setting his opponents up for a variety of power shots, uppercuts, hooks, straight
or overhand punches.
“The first National Boxing Hall of Fame class included Obed, Yama Bahama and Gomeo Brennan.”
The commission made contact with Obed’s older brother, noted photographer Frankie Ferguson, and expressed best wishes to the family.
May Elisha Obed’s soul forever rest in peace.
Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism