Elite Marble and Granite’s Saturday Fight Night 2 on Saturday (9 July) packed a punch befitting both the Canadian and Cayman Islands teams, boxing leaders said.
And now, Cayman’s pounding pugilists set their sights on another international event as a team from England is scheduled to arrive 22 October for another international boxing event.
Team Cayman edged its visitors from the north 3-2 over the weekend. Coaches and administrators say events like these go a long way in furthering a fighter’s development.
“It’s crazy, so much atmosphere,” Team Canada coach Ludovic Louis said. “In Canada we don’t really get to fight outside much, so we have to compose in there with the weather.
“I’m so happy with the output. I’m happy with the way things are going. We are treated so nice. It’s a great event.”
With some former National team standouts like Tafari Ebanks and Hopkins Ebanks not competing with the team, Cayman Islands Boxing Association President Ann Marie Byrd said the event was especially beneficial for Cayman’s young boxers.
“Something to boost the morale of all the kids in the gym,” she said. “Canada is a very, very strong team. Most of our guys are new. They’re just starting out, so this was a big challenge for them. If they could do this fight tonight, then they’re ready to face the rest of the upcoming events that we have planned for the year.”
Among those events, Cayman is scheduled to host a team from England on 22 October.