Bahamian boxing fans came out in full force to the C.I. Gibson Gymnasium to witness Bahamian boxing legend Meacher “Major Pain” Major in action one final time, as he ended his boxing career on Saturday night.
Major did not disappoint his fans, knocking out Jamaican Martin Anderson at the 2:10 mark of the third round. The lightweight title bout was scheduled for eight rounds but ended early via knockout. Major ended his career with a 24-6-1 (19 KOs) win-loss-draw ring record. Two of his knockout victories were against Anderson. Anderson fell to 1-9-2 in his career.
Major made a grand entrance into the ring on Saturday night, flocked by close friends and young boxers. As he made his way to the gym, fans got up out of their seats and started to cheer profusely. The Kemp Road boxing star donned a pair of pink and black gloves in honor and respect of breast cancer awareness, and came ready to fight.
The first round was pretty much even as both fighters felt each other out. Both boxers got in some punches but there weren’t any power shots.
Heading into the second round, the fans felt that Major had it in the bag. Fans shouted: “Knock him out.”
Major said after the first round he was able to get in some good body shots.
“After feeling him out in the first round, I felt like I got in some good shots. He wasn’t able to take it. He caught me a few good shots that felt like he could have done some damage but I was just waiting for the right opportunity,” Major said.
It didn’t take long for Major to strike. When the third round started, he connected with more punches. It looked like Anderson lost total control of the bout, and at the same time, Major looked confident and comfortable.
Major landed a left hook to Anderson’s abdomen that sent him to the mat in the third round. Anderson held his abdomen looking discombobulated and surprised at what had just happened.
The referee started the count with Anderson on the mat, as onlookers appeared confident that Anderson would not recover. As many expected, Anderson was counted out and the fight was over. Wild excitement broke out in the gym as fans jumped out of their seats as they witnessed a fitting way for Major to ride off into the sunset with his gloves over his shoulder.
“I wanted to give them more. That is why I was throwing lighter punches. He got a few good shots on me. I wanted the fans to see a good performance for the last time before I hang up the gloves forever,” Major said. “The support was fabulous. First, I have to thank Almighty God for the opportunity to box my last fight at home in my old school gymnasium. I want to thank everyone for giving me 100 percent support. It’s a great way to end my career.”
Some of the fans wanted the fight to go longer, while Major said he wanted to “take Anderson out to deep waters and drown him”.
He said: “You can’t please everybody. Some was saying take him out in the first round and some said take him out in the third round. I got two rounds in which I was not pleased with because I wanted the fight to go to at least four or five rounds. I wanted to take him out to deep waters and drown him. I wanted to take him out in the fourth round, but unfortunately it happened in the third round.”
Major was adamant in saying that this is it for him in terms of his career in the ring.
“Yes, I am retired. I just want to build the sport of boxing here in The Bahamas with our new company thanks to my supporters Tommy Stubbs and Howard Thompson of Major Pain Promotions. My passion is always with the youth and I am looking to build the sport of boxing,” he said.
He thanked his wife for being patient with him as he prepared for the fight. He said he had a fabulous career and it was great to end it at his alma mater.
“It was fabulous. All glory be to God. It was awesome to fight back in my old school because there’s a storyline behind it,” he said. “This is where I fought 90 percent of my amateur fights and for The Bahamas lightweight title. What a way for me to end my career here at home!”
The 37-year-old boxer said, despite having a bittersweet career filled with highs and lows, it was long and successful, and he’s happy that it’s completed.
“It was a little bittersweet with highs and lows. I am just happy overall with what I accomplished. I am just happy that I was able to sustain a long and a successful career without looking punched out like how a lot of fighters look, abused from the game,” Major said. “This coming week, I just want to take some time and enjoy myself and this victory and take some pictures. I am looking forward to building boxing, with my first stop being in Freeport next year.”
Major went on to thank his sponsors Bet Vegas and Tab Therapy. Major is also the Pan American Caribbean Boxing Organization (PACBO) Regional Director.
On the undercard on Saturday night, Bahamian Anthony “Psycho” Woods faced off against Jamaican Nico Yayo.
Woods won the three-round welterweight bout by split decision.
His record now stands at 10-23 with three knockouts. This was Yayo’s sixth fight. With that loss, he now has three wins and three losses.
Beyond the ring, Major has been a great sports ambassador for The Bahamas. He has established a strong connection to the boxing community in Buffalo, New York, USA.
Fred Sturrup, Nassau Guardian’s Sports Scope writer and Chairman of the Bahamas Boxing Commission, was honored on Saturday night for the part he played in Major’s career.
Proceeds from the night went toward the Meacher Major Foundation. The foundation is set up to provide scholarships to students from C.I. Gibson to the University of The Bahamas (UB). It is set up to be athletic based.
Jump Line – Major looking to build the sport of boxing in The Bahamas.