Inaugural ‘Sonny Boy’ memorial tourney to get underway today

The Bahamas Boxing Federation will be putting on the first Wellington “Sonny Boy” Rahming Memorial Tournament that gets under way this evening and wraps up tomorrow night.

The matches will take place at the Anatol Rodgers High School Gymnasium on Faith Avenue south. This evening’s action will get underway at 7 p.m. and gates will open at 5 p.m. Tomorrow’s bouts get underway at 6 p.m. with the gates opening at 4 p.m.

The event will see an international flair as teams from the Cayman Islands, Haiti and the United States of America (USA) will compete. Cayman came in on Wednesday and Haiti and USA arrived yesterday.

Two of the names that will be in the ring this weekend are Bahamian welterweight boxer Lenox Boyce and Joseph Juedy, a heavyweight boxer out of Haiti.

In a press release from Vincent Strachan, BBF president, he expects the weekend to be action packed as international boxing takes place in Nassau.

In addition to the tournament, there will be a certification course for coaches, referees and judges. That will help to certify the local officials and coach.

Strachan added that candidates from Andros, Inagua and New Providence will be participating in those courses.

In less than a month, Caribbean nations will flock to fight in the 2019 Caribbean Boxing Championships to be held at the Pleasantville Indoor Sports Complex, San Fernando, Trinidad and Tobago. As a result of that event, Strachan stated that many of the other countries are preparing for their nationals and for Trindad and Tobago.

He thanked those teams that made an effort to be in The Bahamas for the boxing event.

“Many thanks to The Bahamas Olympic Committee and president Romell Knowles for saving the day, like Superman, he sprung to the rescue. Without him it would be a major embarrassment for the BBF with officials already here and teams in the air on the way,” Strachan wrote.

A bothered Strachan wrote his displeasure with the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture.

“I am not pleased with the ministry’s behavior and nonchalant manner as it concerns the BBF. We will not be discouraged, we will continue to our forward mobility, leaving dust in the faces of those who wish to see failure. God did not bring us this far to leave us alone,” he wrote.

Thompson Traders will help to provide Gatorade for the athletes and officials.

The cost for tickets is $25 for general admission, $40 ringside and $10 for children under age 10.

Tomorrow night will see children underage 10 ticket price remain the same. However, general admission will cost $30 and ringside will cost $45.

On November 30, the federation will host a fundraising cookout at the National Training Center on Gladstone Road.

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Simba French

Simba joined The Nassau Guardian in 2012 as a technical producer for Guardian Radio 96.9 FM. He joined the Editorial Department as a sports reporter in 2018. Simba has covered a wide range of sports stories, including the 2018 CARIFTA in Nassau, Bahamas. Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism

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