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Boxing back in national spotlight with GB, New Providence shows

Wellington Miller was elated. He always is when there is local activity in the sport that catapulted him to international sports administration status.

“I’ll be there,” he said in reference to the amateur boxing extravaganza scheduled for the Wallace Groves Auditorium in Freeport, Grand Bahama (GB), on Saturday, March 16. The show is being organized by the Pan American Caribbean Boxing Organization (PACBO) in conjunction with the Major Pain Promotions and Entertainment entity.

Meacher Major, who heads the promotions organization and also has the title of PACBO Regional Director, is coordinating the event along with notable marketing/advertising figure Peter Adderley.

“This is a good thing. I know that the last boxing show staged at the Wallace Groves Auditorium was a great success, as four of our sports heroes through boxing were honored. I am no longer active in boxing administration but my heart is in that sport and I’m willing to, whenever I can, lend some assistance or support,” said Miller.

The March 16 boxing show is a follow-up in Grand Bahama to the Commonwealth Boxing Tribute last year which showcased Gomeo Brennan, Ray Minus Jr., Jermaine Mackey and Steve Larrimore. Among the many enthusiastic patrons was Grand Bahama Port Authority (GBPA) President Ian Rolle.

“This is new to me. I didn’t know boxing could be this exciting. I’ll certainly support these kind of events going forward,” was his declaration.

In essence, the GBPA, the flag sponsor of the Commonwealth Boxing Salute, came on board to assist with seed funding for the upcoming event at the Wallace Groves Auditorium.

A key figure in the process of the Grand Bahama boxing event and a pro show slated for New Providence on April 13, is Bahamas Boxing Commission (BBC) Secretary Calvin Greene. Very familiar with the Freeport sports scene after coordinating shows previously, Greene is scheduled to travel to Grand Bahama several days before the event.

“This is the national role that I play. All of the final points necessary, once called upon, I will deliver. Meacher Major will be in action as well, so that is within the scope of my responsibility to the commission and the chairman. It is always good to have amateur boxing to give the young fellas that plank to advance their skills and experience,” said the secretary.

Once the Grand Bahama event is finished, Greene will head back to New Providence to guide the processing of the final commission’s requirements of Bahamian Sons Promotion in the staging of a show featuring The Bahamas’ Heavyweight Champion Sherman “Tank” Williams at the Kendal G.L. Isaacs National Gymnasium.

“Everything is [in] order thus far for that show. The initial requirements have been handled and there are just the follow-up time lines to be met, and Bahamian Sons, it is expected, will present a quality show under the auspices of the commission, the legal body for professional boxing in the country,” said Greene.

The two events are expected to provide a boost in the sport in the country.

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