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Meacher Major brings GB boxing project back to the drawing board

The Meacher “Major Pain” Boxing Club is at it again, seeking to take its program into Freeport, Grand Bahama.

Headed by former regional and Bahamian super featherweight and lightweight champion Meacher “Major Pain” Major, the club, in conjunction with the Grand Bahama Sports Promotion Association (GBSPA) and the Freeport YMCA, was unable to get its proposed inaugural event off the ground last year in Freeport, but Major says “better arrangements” will be made this time around.

“The networking was good to let the people of Grand Bahama know that we were thinking about them, to expand the sports program there, but we discovered that much more planning needed to go into the schedule we had in mind, a show per month,” said Major. “We have been advised to downsize that and we will. We now have a housing facility in place, to cater to the team that will be coming in from New Providence, and when I join Kaito and the boxers from Buffalo, New York, where I am now based. There are some other things we have to work on. My objective is to get the full arrangements complete, beforehand, in sufficient time. Then, we only have to work on advertising and marketing the event.”

The Bahamas Boxing Federation (BBF) is the body responsible for amateur boxing and Major said there is a full understanding of the role he wishes to play in helping to spread the sport throughout The Bahamas, with a “now” focus on Grand Bahama.

“We have made some inroads in Abaco. Of course, the Marsh Harbour area, which we concentrated on before, has been badly damaged by Hurricane Dorian and we will have to put that plan on the back burner, so to speak, but, Freeport is ready to go. We just have to sort out the venue that we will use on a regular basis and we will be ready to go,” added Major.

Major has the format set for the boxing ventures planned for Freeport and Kaito Ferguson is bringing in boxers from New Providence.

“There will be two segments to the show, as we have been doing in recent years. There will be either be a professional bout or an exhibition, and then some exciting amateur bouts. We like the relationship we built in Freeport in 2018,” he said.

The Grand Bahama Sports Promotion Association staged a championship-type event, the Commonwealth Boxing Salute in 2018, when Gomeo Brennan, Ray Minus Jr., Steve Larimore and Jermaine Mackey were honored for being past Commonwealth champions.

“The crowd was raving about the amateur bouts on the show and we promised to bring the amateurs back. It didn’t work out for us last year, but we are well ahead with plans for 2020,” said Major.

According to the sporting stalwart, the proposed month for the show is May, with the second event planned tentatively for the July Independence holiday period. Boxing is lagging behind all of the core disciplines in the country today, and if Major can be successful in Grand Bahama, that would be a shot in the arm for the sport.

Best Wishes Meacher Major and Kaito Ferguson!

• To respond to this column, kindly contact Fred Sturrup at e-mail address sturrup1504@gmail.com or on WhatsApp at (242) 727-6363.

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