The Champion Amateur Boxing Club (CABC) will be hosting the 27th Annual Wellington “Sonny Boy” Rahming Silver Gloves Boxing Championships on Saturday May 11, at the boxing gym on Wulff Road opposite Epic Battery. The show is expected to get underway at 7 p.m.
Legendary boxer and coach Ray Minus Jr., CABC manager and head coach, said he is planning a 12-bout fight night with the main event being a welterweight showdown between Bahamian professional boxer Anthony “Psycho” Woods and 2020 Olympics hopeful, Bahamian Lennox Boyce.
Woods’ last action in the ring was last year October when he squared off against Jamaican Nico Yeyo in the Meacher “Major Pain” Major’s “Last Dance” event at the C.I. Gibson Gymnasium. Woods won that bout.
Boyce is an 18-year-old boxer with a very promising future. He was in action earlier last month but lost to Braulio Serriera out of Uruguay at the Pan American Games boxing trials in Managua, Nicaragua.
The main event this Saturday promises to be a great four-rounder as Boyce looks to see where he needs to be heading into an Olympic year, and Woods looks to resurrect his career.
Boyce has trained under Minus from age 11 and now trains nationally in the Bahamas Amateur Boxing Federation’s (BABF) program. Minus said that Boyce still comes to him from time to time for training.
The other bouts on Saturday night will be three-rounders.
An excited Minus said he is seeing a lot of young talented boxers emerging.
“A lot of good and young talented boxers are out there. I am seeing amazing boxers and I am wonder if somebody put an extra energy in our country because these young men are very skilled and developed. I believe that we will eventually go on in a year or two to conquer the CARIFTA Games like back in the day. These young men are excited and we want to continue to promote boxing to build up these young men. We want to provide them with the experience, skills, technique and knowledge so that they can go on and excel in boxing,” said Minus.
Minus said he has about 20 young boxers under his wing whom he believes will develop into good fighters and go on to represent The Bahamas internationally. He said that his club and the Strikers Boxing Club will continue to provide avenues for the young boxers. This event on Saturday kicks off a series of shows where the clubs will be rotating events on Saturdays.
Apart from CABC and Strikers, the Lion Heart Boxing Club, the Major Pain Boxing Club and a team of fighters out of Freeport, Grand Bahama, will be participating on Saturday night.
Minus said a few years ago, boxing was going through a tough time nationally. He said it was very frustrating for him to see the national program slip.
“That period was frustrating and dampening but I knew that once we all came together, good things would happen. Everyone is excited and seems to be on the same page. I believe that this might be the most exciting and promising time for boxing in a while,” said Minus.
Minus is asking for boxing fans and the general public to come out and support the young boxers as they showcase their talents this Saturday. There is a small entrance fee of $10 for adults and $3 for children.
Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism
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