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‘Tank’ Williams to fight in Nassau

Bahamian boxing icon Sherman “Tank” Williams and Bahamian Sons Promotion will bring live professional championship boxing back to Kendal G.L. Isaacs National Gymnasium in New Providence. The event, dubbed ‘Back Yard Rumble’, is sanctioned by the Bahamas Boxing Commission and Universal Boxing Organization (UBO) and is set for Saturday April 13.

President of Bahamian Sons Promotion, and wife of Sherman “Tank” Williams, Kimberly Williams said that the group is seeking to bring live televised professional boxing to The Bahamas, showcasing national and international fighters. She said that the mission of the promotional company is to provide competitive boxing featuring some of the best in the sport.

“We want to create a competitive platform that, one: will allow young Bahamian fighters an opportunity to turn pro in a fair and balanced forum while attracting other big names of the fight game to The Bahamas, which in turn will bring exposure to The Bahamas, showcasing the beauty of the islands,” said Kimberly Williams.

Fighting in the main event, a 12-rounder, will be “Tank” Williams (41-15-2, 1 no-contest, 21 KOs). He will take on Orlando Antonia “Knockout” Farias (32-18, 20 KOs), of Argentina.

Williams has never been stopped in 59 pro fights, extending former world champions Joseph Parker and Ruslan Chagaev, as well as top contenders Christian Hammer, Robert Helenius and Manuel Charr, to the distance. He defeated former world cruiserweight champion Al “Ice” Cole, fought world title challenger Jameel McCline to a draw, and was leading Hall of Famer Evander Holyfield until their 2011 fight was stopped due to a questionable referee decision. It was declared a “no contest” after Holyfield suffered an injury.

During his 21-year pro career, Williams has used his vaunted “conch punch” (overhand right), among other punches, to knock out 21 opponents. His many heavyweight titles have included the World Boxing Organization’s (WBO) China National, Oriental and Asia Pacific titles, and the World Boxing Council’s (WBC) Caribbean Boxing Federation (CABOFE), World Boxing Association’s (WBA) FedeCaribe and World Boxing Foundation’s (WBF) Intercontinental championships.

Farias, an experienced and dangerous fighter, has fought for the UBO, WBC cruiserweight, WBO and vacant South American cruiserweight titles. He has fought at cruiserweight and heavyweight and knows how to go the distance.

Up-and-coming Bahamian heavyweight Amron “Sandman” Sands (8-0, 7KOs), popular Florida heavyweight Chris Vendola (10-6, 10 KOs) and Iranian American welterweight Shayan Shahab (3-0) are a few of the boxers on the undercard.

The explosive card will also feature up-and-coming champions. Making their pro debuts under the training of Ron Rogers from Strikers Boxing Gym are Israel Johnson, DeAngelo Swaby, Chino Sherman and Kendrick Stewart.

Bahamian Sons Promotion’s last event in Grand Bahama provided an opportunity for Bahamians Tyrone Oliver and Justin Sawyer to turn pro.


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