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.