The Bahamas’ boxing team that was scheduled to go to Kissimmee, Florida, USA, to participate in the Annual Sugar Bert National Golden Gloves Championship over the weekend had to pull out at the ‘last minute’ due to a lack of funds.
Amateur Boxing Federation of The Bahamas (ABFB) President Vincent Strachan said that they will now focus their attention on the rapidly approaching Caribbean Boxing Championships after missing that event for the past several years. The federation is attempting to send a 15-member team to the regional event, set for December 3-10, in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad & Tobago.
The cost of the trip for Team Bahamas is expected to be about $30,000, according to Strachan.
“Today it is a bittersweet one for The Bahamas’ National Boxing Team,” said Strachan through a press release. “We are appealing to Corporate Bahamas and all persons to assist in making this $30,000 dream a reality for this dynamic young team headed by Olympic hopeful Lennox Boyce, high school sensation Vashann Johnson from Temple Christian School and female boxer Elizabeth Hutchinson.”
Boyce will compete in the junior welterweight category, Johnson will compete as a junior lightweight and the dynamic Elizabeth
Hutchinson is a middleweight boxer. Other members of the team are heavyweight Steve Fox from Long Island, heavyweight Eric Williams, junior middleweight Austin Minnis, junior middleweight Keith Major and junior middleweight Arlington Munroe from Doris Johnson Senior High School to name a few.
The Head Coach of the team is Keishno Major and he will be assisted by Kato Ferguson. The Bahamian officials set to travel with the team are referees/judges Rosemary McPhee, Stacey McPhee, Rico Arnett and Colin Ingraham from Inagua, Loxwell Russell from Andros, and ABFB President Vincent Strachan from New Providence.
The Team Manager is ABFB Acting Secretary General Maedawn Rahming.
The team is expected to leave New Providence on December 3 and return to the capital on December 10. According to Strachan, all but one of the officials were recently certified during The Bahamas and Cayman Islands Boxing Show at the Anatol Rodgers Secondary School Gymnasium. That event was in honor of former contributor to local boxing Wellington “Sonny Boy” Rahming, and is expected to become an annual event on the regional boxing calendar.
“We wish to thank all those persons who helped to make the boxing event a success, especially the Cayman Islands team headed by James Beckles, Audrey Sabas, a level one referee/judge from Guadeloupe, our local fans, officers and members of the boxing federation and the Bahamas Olympic Committee without whom the event would have only been a dream,” said Strachan.
The federation will host a cook-out on Saturday, November 30 to defray the cost of the team’s travel to Trinidad & Tobago. The cook-out will be held at the National Training Centre at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex from 12 noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday. Tickets are on sale from cook-out committee members prior to the event or at the cook-out on the day of the event. Interested persons can contact President Strachan at telephone number (242) 426-1113 or make deposits to the boxing federation’s account at Commonwealth Bank, Wulff Road Branch – account number 11000150.