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Meacher Major looks beyond retirement to enhance boxing  

His many fans came out in large numbers at the C.I. Gibson Gym to support him in the finale of a creditable boxing career, and now Meacher ‘Major Pain’ Major is looking to build a legacy as he ventures into another segment of boxing.

Th 37-year-old super featherweight champion of The Bahamas is happy with how his career has turned out. He ended his boxing career after the featured match of the Major Pain/Fight Promotions event with a 24-6-1 win-loss-draw record.

Major has expressed, particularly in recent years, that his desire to provide meaningful avenues through boxing for young boys and girls of impoverished and less affluent communities, equals the intensity he carried into the ring for over 20 years, as an outstanding amateur and then a professional pugilist.

“I am thankful. I will always be able to look back and see that I went into the ring, fought my battles and came out in good shape, mentally and physically. I am satisfied for that. You know though, when I started the Major Pain Boxing Club and was able to uplift young kids from the Kemp Road area, the same community I grew up in, I saw them develop from young kids headed for social disaster into boys and girls with the potential to be quality adults.

“Under the banner of the Pan American Caribbean Boxing Organization (PACBO), as director of this region, I can do a lot more for the development program when I retire. This gives me a good feeling. I am motivated as much as I was, when I got the opportunity to fight for the World Boxing Association’s (WBA) Caribbean lightweight title. I am now able to concentrate on boxing of the future in The Bahamas,” said Major during a recent chat.

He stated that already there is an event in the planning stages that will be the prototype of what he will be focused on going forward.

“I don’t want anyone to be confused. In today’s world, you have to multi-task and plan ahead. I was very impressed with how the people in Grand Bahama supported the Commonwealth Boxing Salute event, staged by the Grand Bahama Sports Promotion Association. The place was packed and there was a lot of excitement and enthusiasm. The Grand Bahama folks love boxing. I plan to do an annual boxing show in Grand Bahama, it looks right now, like every March,” disclosed Major.

He is looking ahead indeed.

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