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Ebanks falls but impresses at Olympic qualifiers

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.”

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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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