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The Cayman Islands Boxing Association has picked a new coach to lead its budding pugilists.

Former English Super Featherweight and Welterweight champion Ryan Barrett has been hired for the position.

The announcement comes one day after Cayman 27 reported former coach Norman Wilson and CIBA parted ways.

Barrett is expected to arrive in the Cayman Islands next month.

Barrett’s career in the ring was cut short in 2014 as a result of a heart defect.

He holds an overall record of 30 wins — six by knockout — 11 losses and three draws.

Barrett also served a 15-month suspension in 2012 after testing positive for a banned substance.

CIBA released the following regarding the departure of Wilson:

“Coach Norman is no longer working as a coach with the Cayman Islands Boxing Association. This was a unanimous decision made by the CIBA Board. It was felt that the elite fighters needed more structure and variation in their training in order to enhance the Sport of Boxing in the Cayman Islands.

“It is our hope that Coach Ryan will take the boxing program to another level and continue the growth and development that is already in place in an effort to ensure the youths in our program to be able to compete for Olympic goals.”


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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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