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Boxing: Cayman brings home three gold from Saint Lucia

Cayman’s amateur boxers brought home three gold medals from the 2017 Caribbean Developmental Boxing Tournament in Saint Lucia December 13th to 16th. Bantamweight Alexander Smith defeated Jeremiah Toussaint of Antigua, followed by a gold medal performance over Travis Stanislaus of hometown Saint Lucia in his second fight of the tour.

“I’m happy that I won a medal, hard work paid off in the end” said Smith.

The other gold medals came from Light Flyweight Brandy Barnes, fighting in her second official amateur fight, defeating Precious Lythcott of Barbados.

“I feel like I started off slow in the first round, but my conditioning kicked in the second round. Feel happy with my performance and my medal is well deserved” said Barnes.

Flyweight Chambria Dalhouse defeated Angelique Quevado of Trinidad and Tobago to win a gold medal. Both Dalhouse and Barnes fought directly in the medal rounds due to lack of competitors.

Head Coach Ryan Barrett says he was pleased with the medalists performances.

“Standout performances were Chambria, Alexander and Brandy winning gold. The camp in England paid off for them. Neandra Forbes-Morgan, in my opinion won clearly but lost in a split decision.”

Former Light Heavyweight and reigning gold medalist Dariel Ebanks lost in his first fight of the tournament to Keegan Mortley of Saint Lucia. Barrett says it was not the outcome he was expecting.

“He failed to make the weight in time, then got it off. He has to go back to the drawing board, and train properly.”

In a Facebook post, Ebanks lamented in his disappointed.

“I might have not gotten the win in my last fight but I’ll come back stronger next time it’s a new weight class so I’ll work on my errors and I’ll be back stronger and better.”

Over half of the boxers competing were stepping into the ring for their first official amateur fight. Barrett said he saw promise in many of them.

“Aaron Miller, Keanu, they were in really tough fights, but they’ll come again and be stars for the Cayman Islands.”

Next up for Cayman’s boxers is the 2018 Commonwealth Games Apr 4, 2018 – Apr 15, 2018. Cayman will send boxers to the event in Australia, however the Cayman Islands Olympic Committee has yet to release the number of athletes per sport that will compete.

Results: 2017 Caribbean Developmental Boxing Tournament
Keegan Mortley (STL) defeats Dariel Ebanks (CAY)
Xavier Maclier of (CYE) defeated Aaron Miller (CAY)
Alexander Smith (CAY) defeated Jeremiah Toussaint (ANT)
Finals: Alexander Smith (CAY) defeated Travis Stanislaus of (STL)
Jerome Joseph (GRE) defeated Diego Rodriguez (CAY)
Jervis Regis (GRE) defeated Romario Campbell (CAY)
Steeven Denoe (GUA) defeated Thase Watler (CAY)
Ajayi Jones (BAR) defeated Eduardo Montalvo (CAY)
Light Flyweight
Finals: Brandy Barnes (CAY) def Precious Lythcott of (BAR)
Finals: Chambria Dalhouse def Angelique Quevado of (TRI)
Darriell Thomas of (GRE) defeated Neandra Forbes Morgan (CAY)
Waldropt Blessing (TRI) defeated Deandre Rowe (CAY)
Light Flyweight
Rashad Holder of (BAR) defeated Keanu-McField-Jackson (CAY)


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Jordan Armenise

Jordan Armenise

From Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, Jordan Armenise began his sports broadcasting journey with the Hamilton Tiger-Cats of the Canadian Football League. It was in this role where he was able to merge his best attributes: sports knowledge and personality. While with the Ticats, Jordan provided live analysis and interviews while developing a digital portfolio of one-on-one interviews, episodic sports comedy and full length sports & news features. He has also worked with CBC Sports for Hockey Night in Canada, the 2014 Sochi Olympics and Special Olympics as well as roles with Cineflix and Cream Productions as an Assistant Director.

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