Tough going for boxers in Bahamas

Chambria Dalhouse was upbeat about her performance. (Photo courtesy: Ryan Barrett)

The two boxers, who represented the Cayman Islands at the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas faced tough opposition, as they were both defeated in their opening bouts.

First into the ring was 17-year-old Alexander Smith in the boys 56kg division on Wednesday, 19 July. He was stopped in the third round of his fight against Lesotho’s Phomolo Lengola. The African fighter dominated the first two rounds before a heavy body shot in the third was too much for Smith to handle.

National team coach Ryan Barrett, who is in Bahamas for the Games, said a decision was made to move down a weight class from 60kg to 56kg to make things easier for the West Bay fighter. However, he said Smith could have done with more sparring ahead of the tournament, as “his timing, distance and judgment was way off”.

Alexander Smith – file photo

Chambria Dalhouse was granted a bye in the first round of the girls 51kg division and met Scotland’s Megan Gordon in the quarterfinals on 20 July.

The three-time Scottish Open junior champion won comfortably on the scorecards in an action-packed fight that appeared closer to spectators, Barrett said.

“She fought her heart out and lost to the highly talented Scottish champion. Wow, what a super close fight! It’s was backwards and forwards in action as Chambria pushed her to her limits,” he said in a message to

Barrett worked with Dalhouse in London in preparation for the Commonwealth Youth Games, while Smith trained at home under the guidance of Nayon ‘Donie’ Anglin.

Both fighters entered the tournament with only a handful of competitive fights and are seen as potential stars for the Cayman Islands Boxing Association. They will, however, have to put the results in Bahamas behind them and at the same time take lessons from the experience gained, if they are to continue aspiring for bigger things inside the squared circle.


Track and Field

Also at the Commonwealth Games on Thursday, Claudina Morgan competed in the girls track and field 800m. Lining up in lane one, Morgan finished eighth in heat three in 1:00.51 and failed to advance to the finals.

The other track and field athletes: Aijah Lewis (girls high jump), Lamar Reid (boys high jump) and Rasheem Brown (boys 110m hurdles) will compete over the weekend.


A day after setting a new personal best in the girls 50m butterfly, Sarah Jackson was back in the pool, along with Jonathan Key.

Jackson competed in the 50m backstroke and the 50m breaststroke. She finished seventh in her backstroke heat with 32.96 seconds and was 20th of 27 entries. She returned with a 35.87 time in the 50m breaststroke for sixth in her heat and 11th out of 16 overall.

Key competed in the boys 100m freestyle. He was seventh in his heat with a time of 55.51 seconds. Although he did not advance to the final, it was a solid showing that was 21st fastest out of 35 entries.

Jackson (100m breaststroke) and John Bodden (400m freestyle and 100m butterfly) are in action on Friday. will have daily updates from the Commonwealth Youth Games.

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