Jamaica Sports News: President of the Jamaica Boxing Board of Control (JBBC) Stephen Bomber Jones, on Thursday announced that the International Boxing Association (AIBA) will be contributing three hundred thousand US dollars in support of boxing in the Caribbean region.
According to Jones, Mr. Marco Depersoy of Aruba and himself, made a presentation to AIBA in Abu Dhabi in July for support of the Caribbean region and it was accepted.
The funds he said will be disbursed in three tranches in 2018, 2019 and 2020 in the amounts of US$80,000, US$110,000 and US$110,000 respectively. The money he says will go towards the development of boxers, coaches, referees, judges, ITOs, ringside doctors and cutmen.
Bomber also stated that a portion of the funds will be used to cover the Caribbean Boxing Championships, as well as its Gloves Over Guns Community Programme, the second of which will be held on November 17 in Montego Bay.
Also in attendance at the media briefing at the offices of the Sports Development Foundation, was Kellie Magnus, Country Lead of Fight for Peace, who lauded the work and success of the programme.
She said that they were working in six communities, namely Denham Town, Fletches Land, Hannah Town, Parade Gardens, Tivoli Gardens and Trench Town, where over two thousand persons, including one hundred and fifty boxers are involved in the programme.
She made special mention of female boxer Kerone Thomas who copped a gold medal at the Caribbean Boxing Championships in 2017. This feat she emphasized, has had a positive impact on the Denham Town community where Thomas resides.
Thompson who spoke at the news conference said that boxing had helped her with her anger issues and had also helped to steer her life on a path to success. She is now an assistant coach in the programme and has become a role model for members of her community and the wider society.
Another young boxer who spoke at the function was Kirt Thompson of Parade Gardens. He will be parading his skills at a community Grassroots boxing event in Denham Town on October 6, where the Fight for Peace boxers will take on the Jamaica Boxing Board’s trained boxers in a five-bout card.
Source: JIS News