Major ready for the ‘Last Dance’
In a little over a month, Bahamian Meacher ‘Major Pain’ Major will bring his storied boxing career to a close right here in The Bahamas.
The Bahamian Super Featherweight Champion is set to fight Jamaican Martin Anderson in a rematch of their 2016 fight which Major won with a second-round knockout.
The fight is the main event in the ‘Last Dance’ fight card, set for Saturday October 27, at the C.I. Gibson Gymnasium. Major (23-6-1, 18KOs) said that he is determined to go out with a bang.
“First of all, I just want to thank God for everything that He has done for me so far and for everything that He continues to do for me. This is my last fight, and it’s at home, so I just want to go out there and have a great performance for the fans,” said Major. “I know that fight fans might not be ready to see me retire but I really feel that this is it for me. This is the last dance, so I really want to go out there and put on a show.”
Major, 36, has had a lengthy and productive pro career, spanning 18 years in the squared circle. Before that, he had a number of amateur fights, fighting for Ray Minus Jr.’s Champion Amateur Boxing Club. Former coach Minus has been just one of the many mentors for Major along the way. He led him to regional prominence as a young fighter, and was instrumental in him starting his professional career at just 18-years-old. Major went on to win seven of his first nine pro fights, the only setbacks being a split decision loss to Bahamian-born Edner Cherry and a draw against Felix Lora of the Dominican Republic. Major is confident that he will be able to end his boxing career on a positive note.
“I’m looking forward to it. It’s going to be a great show,” he said. “Martin Anderson says he has been looking for a rematch since the last fight, saying that he had an injury in the first fight. Who is me to say that he didn’t have an injury, so I welcome the challenge.
“I won easily in the first fight we had, but I didn’t feel too impressed with my performance. I’m glad I have an opportunity to go out there and fight this guy again. It was an early stoppage the last time, but I feel like I could have done better. This time I want to go out there and put a good whooping on him,” added Major.
Major currently trains in Buffalo, New York, USA, under the watchful eyes of Tony Campbell. He’ll return home early next month to continue to prepare for the fight, which comes just a day before his 37th birthday. The promoter for the fight is American Howard Thompson Jr.
“Everything is going well,” said Major. “Vincent Strachan and the Bahamas Boxing Federation is organizing the amateur component of the show which promises to be very exciting as well, featuring some of the top amateurs in the country.
“Also, Tureano Johnson has expressed an interest in fighting on the undercard. Hopefully it could happen. Reno is like a lil brother to me and I always try to look out for him. He is coming off a tough fight and wants to get back to the top which I think he can. He has a lot left in him and I wish him all the best. For me, I’m ready to hang it up and focus on building boxing back home.
“I feel like this is the time for me to put it aside. I feel healthy and strong but I want to move on to the next chapter of my life, which is to help build boxing home and give these young, up-and-coming boxers something that I never had. It would be great if they could come over here (Buffalo) to training camp and get the feel of what a real boxing environment is like. I really want to inspire them so that they could in turn inspire others.”
Major is ending a once promising pro career in which he fought for an international title on four occasions. He is a former World Boxing Association (WBA) FedeCaribe lightweight champion, and still holds the Bahamian super featherweight title. For the past five years though, he’s been heavily engaged in his youth mentorship program in the Kemp Road community.
“It’s all about keeping the sport of boxing alive and keep it growing,” said Major. “Boxing has been on a downward spiral for a few years. I want to get more young people involved so that they could have an opportunity to become successful in the sport and possibly make a living out of it.”
At the end of the day, there are a number of people who factored into Major’s life and extended boxing career. He’s thankful to all of them.
“Thanks to my former trainer Anthony ‘Chill’ Wilson from Florida, Nathaniel Knowles, Gregory Storr, Fred Sturrup for being a mentor to me, Ray Minus Jr., Cassius Moss and so many others,” said Major. “So many people have been instrumental in my boxing career and I want to thank all of them. Also, I have to say thanks to my family, friends and fans for all the love and for always supporting me. Thanks to C.I. Gibson as well for the use of the gymnasium. It’s been a fun ride, and I’m ready to go out with a great performance.”
Major has won two straight fights, three of his past four and seven of his last 10. In his last fight, he defeated Roberto Acevedo of Puerto Rico at the Kendal G.L. Isaacs National Gymnasium, right here in Nassau, The Bahamas. Before that, he floored Anderson in the second round at the Kendal Isaacs gym. The Bahamian premier super featherweight boxer is confident that he will come out on top again.