BBF to host a night of boxing on Oct. 26
The Bahamas Boxing Federation (BBF) and I Fight Promotions is set to host an exciting night of amateur and professional fight cards at Kendal G. L. Isaacs National Gymnasium on Friday October 26. It will see long-time Bahamian pro-boxer Meacher Major hang up his gloves.
The fight cards will feature boxers from The Bahamas, Jamaica and possibly the United States of America.
The BBF is the amateur arm of national boxing in The Bahamas,
The president of the BBF, Vincent Strachan, declared that boxing is back in The Bahamas.
“The Bahamas is back. The Bahamas amateur boxing is alive again. We will certainly take this to a new level. We will be as we were before, the big ‘cojones’ in the region. Hopefully this day will be a day of new beginnings for boxing, particularly amateur boxing, and by extension, professional boxing. We are looking forward to an exciting international professional boxing,” Strachan said.
Chris Joy, of I Fight Promotions, said he was here along with former two-time world champion Riddick Bowe about a month and a half ago to discuss putting a fight together.
One of the biggest names on the pro card is Major. Joy said they are looking to make this like a homegoing for Major.
“From our understanding, this is his last match. We are actually working together to make this more of a homegoing for him. He gave his life for the sport, and now it is up to us to show him our respect in making this an homegoing for him,” Joy said.
They are also looking for the next Major. They are looking for local talent to bridge the gap as Major retires.
Joy also said that he went into the Mayweather camp and got word from Justin Mayweather, the younger brother of Floyd Mayweather, saying that he wants to fight here.
Joy is working to make it happen.
Apart from the younger Mayweather’s desire to fight here, Joy said heavyweight fighter, Christopher Lovejoy wants to come as well.
Lovejoy is currently 15-0 with 15 first round knockouts.
Joy said this is not a one-time fight event; he wants to bring and keep boxing here.
“The great thing is not only are we looking to do this one fight. It is not a one-fight deal. We want to bring boxing back, we want to keep boxing. It is my job to bring talent around the world to come here, because as we do that, it only makes the boxers here better. I am not here to look for talent to take away from The Bahamas, we want to keep and develop them here. When they fight for that world title, they will fight here.”
There are expected to be between eight and 10 fights on the amateur card. On the professional side of things, there are slated to be five fights.
For the pro fights, Joy is very tight-lipped as to who will be in those fights.
The names of all the fighters will be released in short order as they work on the international boxers’ itinerary. The local boxers will come from New Providence, Grand Bahama and possibly Inagua.
Strachan said he will also be looking for boxers to represent The Bahamas in upcoming events in Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and Guyana.