The Cayman Islands Boxing Association (CIBA) will send four athletes to the St. Maarten Wednesday (30 May) for the ‘Battle of the Islands’ scheduled for 31st May to 3rd June at the LB Scott Sports Auditorium.
Commonwealth Games delegates Dariel Ebanks and Brandy Barnes will be joined relative newcomers by Thase Watler and Blayze Wood for the four-day event, organized by the St. Maarten Boxing Association.
For Ebanks, 29, this is his first ring action since his opening round loss in April’s Games. The West Bay native says he’s not slowing down anytime soon.
“Just got to keep busy, keep the fights coming, learn from your mistakes. That’s why you have to keep fighting, so you can correct them.”
Wood, 19, will make his in-ring debut fighting in the 69 kilogram class. The teenager, who has been attending school at the University of Greenwich says he has been training for two years in preparation for this opportunity.
“I train everyday, I’ve built up my confidence and I am ready for a real fight. I feel confident, I’ve been sparing from everyone to Dariel from the younger kids. I feel very accomplished. It’s always something I wanted to do, but I was in university.”
Watler, 17, will make his second in-ring appearance since losing in his amateur debut at the Caribbean Championships in December.
“I want to improve on my jab and my confidence.”
This is CIBA’s first competition since the appointment of new National Coach Stuart O’Connor. With O’Connor not scheduled to arrive until July, the foursome will travel with Coach Rogerio Pitta.