Cayman Islands boxer Hopkin Ebanks today (14 March) lost in his AOB Americas Olympic Qualifying opener.
The 17-year old Ebanks faced off against American Paul Kroll, the top-ranked amateur welterweight in the US. Ebanks lost by unanimous decision to Kroll, who advanced to the tournament’s quarterfinal round and improved his record to 22-8 overall while Ebanks falls to 7-2.
“He fought a brilliant fight,” Cayman Islands coach Norman Wilson said. “I mean the Cubans were so impressed. They say he’s the best (welterweight) there. He’s young. I mean, he put a knot on the guy’s head. He buckled the guy but the guy just had that experience. He wouldn’t let up. But Hopkin fought like a million dollars. Based on the way he’s fighting today, you keep him in camp, you let him train the way he trained for this — Cayman will have a champion.”