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Ebanks’ amateur career may be at an end following surgery

Cayman Islands top boxer Tafari Ebanks may have seen the last of his amateur career.

Ebanks on Tuesday (8 March) had surgery on an injured knee that has kept him out of competition since October.

“I’m feeling fat and fantastic,” Ebanks said earlier this week. “At the same time I’m anxious to get back in the ring because this is what I do. I eat, sleep this. And this little setback has got me thinking. I’m just anxious to get back in the ring.”

He says he does not yet have a timeline for when he’ll be back but he admits it’ll be tough to make any Olympic qualifying events ahead of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Games.

Ebanks has said in the past he would try to qualify for the 2016 Games before turning professional. He said it’s unfortunate his injury comes in an Olympic year.

“The Olympics come around once every four years,” he said, “If it was two years now, I could’ve had it done and still had time. But now this is a test of my faith. So I gotta just keep my faith in God.”

Ebanks’ cousin and fellow amateur pugilist, Hopkin Ebanks, took off for Argentina this week for the AOB Americas Olympic Qualifying Event.

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Kevin Morales

Kevin Morales

Cayman 27 News Director Kevin Morales is an award-winning journalist with more than 12 years of experience. Kevin is a Milwaukee, Wis., native. He graduated with a bachelor's degree in journalism in 2005 from the University of Minnesota. He's a proud father and a loyal fan of the Green Bay Packers, Milwaukee Brewers, Milwaukee Bucks and U of M Golden Gophers.

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