Riddick Bowe works out local fighters

Riddick Bowe with local fighters at the Dalmain Ebanks Boxing Gym.

As local fighters get set for Elite Marble and Granite Fight Night 4 against Panama, they’ve had the opportunity to put in some work with one of the greatest fighters of his generation.

Former undisputed world heavyweight champion Riddick Bowe stopped by the Dalmain Ebanks Boxing Gym earlier this week ahead of the 1 April card at Lions Centre.

The featured guest of the Cayman Islands Boxing Association (CIBA) laced them up and did some pad work with a few of the rising prospects, including teenage female fighter Chambria Dalhouse and Alexander Smith.

“This is an awesome opportunity for them. First, we had Manny Pacquiao, now we have Riddick Bowe here,” said CIBA president Ann-Marie Byrd. “This will show the kids that the different level that the boxing programme has gone to and what’s to come.”

She said this was just another step as the CIBA works to continue boosting the sport in the Cayman Islands. “We have younger kids coming in who are interested in the programme, and now they can actually see a future in boxing. We are hoping this will attract even more people to the gym,” Byrd told CaymanSportsBuzz.com.

Meantime, former Scottish professional Tommy Duffy has also been in the gym with the youngsters ahead of the Panama card. He was called upon to assist, as national coach Ryan Barrett was off island for a few weeks leading up to the event.

“You never leave it. It’s always in your blood,” said an enthusiastic Duffy, who worked primarily with younger fighters, while Nayon ‘Donie’ Anglin ensured the veterans were ready for top-level competition.

“Their dedication. They come here every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday. They come and get the work and when they’re finished, they enjoy it,” noted Duffy, who works on island with title sponsor Elite. “I’ve really enjoyed it,” he added.

Elite Marble and Granite Fight Night 4 features Ebanks, who recently won gold at the Caribbean Boxing Development Tournament in Barbados, coming up against Panamanian light heavyweight Luis Hernandez. Welterweight Jason Parchment is back in the ring against Abelardo Gonzales, while Dalhouse faces Juana De Frias in a bantamweight female bout.

Alexander Smith features in an exhibition with Aaron Miller, who has been impressing coaches in recent months. Other exhibitions feature Neandra Forbes-Morgan against Brandy Barnes, and Aldene Morgan Jr vs Demyah Sankin.

A big draw on the night features Canada’s Myriam Da Silva squaring off against Panama’s Athena Byron in a clash of high-level international amateurs.

The gates at Lions Centre open at 6:00 p.m. and the first bought is scheduled to begin a half-hour later. Admission is $25 at the gate.

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