THE COVID-19 pandemic shipped a human body shot to an presently staggered regional boxing scene from which it has not genuinely thoroughly recovered or obtained up.
With the Wray and Nephew Contender Boxing sequence coming to an end in 2018, the community boxing scene was subsequently fed by sporadic combat evenings for specialist and beginner fighters during 2019. But that arrived to a halt in 2020 with COVID-19.
A yr on and quite little has modified as the Jamaica Boxing Board (JBB) created a quantity of unsuccessful tries at the Ministries of Sport and Overall health and Wellness to get the activity active after additional.
The JBB announced designs in February for a new television-based competitors to replace the Contender collection, which would have been filmed by a Los Angeles-centered generation company. On the other hand, that did not occur to fruition, specially with no approval granted by the Govt to the JBB for activity.
No approval also intended that the JBB could not go ahead with plans to stage its National Championships, which would have supplied a suggests of deciding upon its main of boxers to compete overseas in a regional qualifying event for the Tokyo Olympic Game titles. It intended that the winners from the former calendar year would nevertheless maintain their location on Staff Jamaica at individuals qualifiers.
Of all those fighters, only Ricardo ‘Big 12’ Brown, the 2019 Pan American Games men’s super heavyweight (+91kg) bronze medallist, qualified for Tokyo.
Brown’s Olympic berth was shortlived as he went down in a break up final decision, 4-1, to India’s Satish Kumar in their Round of 16 Men’s Tremendous Heavyweight (+91kg) bout.
Brown, in the blue corner, was next most effective in the course of the 3 rounds of the bout, succumbing to tricky blows by Kumar and landing only a couple of of his individual in between wild lunges that led to missed shots.
UNDETERRED BY SETBACKS
It may perhaps not have been the demonstrating Brown had hoped for, but at least he acquired the honour of partnering Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce as Jamaica’s flag bearers at the Olympic Video games opening ceremony.
Not to be deterred by his Olympics encounter, which he did cite as one particular he uncovered from, Brown, 31, transitioned from newbie to expert combating, signing with United Promotions in November. This was, nevertheless, just after losing his past struggle as an amateur to Russia’s Mark Petrovsky in Belgrade, Serbia, a thirty day period prior. The pandemic pushed again his qualified debut, which he preferred to get spot in Jamaica, following thirty day period.
Also transitioning from beginner to specialist boxing was Brown’s gymmate, Joshua Frazer, a 27-calendar year-aged junior middleweight fighter. Like Brown, Frazer lost his last bout as an beginner to Cuba’s Kevin Hayler Brown in Serbia in October. He also signed with United in November.
Frazer manufactured his professional debut on December 4 with a second-spherical complex knockout earn over Argentina’s Paul Ezequiel Acosta at the CAA Centre in Ontario, Canada, where Frazer is centered.
With no JBB-sanctioned exercise, quite a few community boxers turned to local community-based fight nights to keep energetic and to also earn in the ring. A person this kind of occasion that received interest, especially by means of social media, was ‘Jump Out, Thump Out’, which took location weekly in the Kingston 11 group of Cockburn Gardens. There, a quantity of acquainted faces from the Contender series ended up on present, and promoter Rohan Reid mentioned the party has made the group much more unified.
The celebration was mostly funded by donations collected from spectators, which also delivered a stipend for the fighters on show each individual evening.
Reid said he hopes to spouse with the JBB, but the board has still not been given acceptance from the Authorities at the start of 2022.