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‘Bus Boy’ headlines Rum Punch fight night

Published:Friday | November 22, 2019 | 12:37 AMLeroy Brown/Gleaner Writer
Kevin ‘Bus Boy’ Hylton (right) up against Ian ‘Hagler’ Smith in a Wray and Nephew Contender match at the Chinese Benevolent Association Auditorium in St Andrew on Wednesday, May 2, 2012.
Kevin ‘Bus Boy’ Hylton (right) up against Ian ‘Hagler’ Smith in a Wray and Nephew Contender match at the Chinese Benevolent Association Auditorium in St Andrew on Wednesday, May 2, 2012.

Boxing will be in the limelight in St Catherine tonight when the Wray and Nephew Rum Punch series featuring both professional and amateur boxers starts at the Spanish Town Prison Oval at 7 p.m.

Tonight’s five-fight card will have Jamaica’s Kevin Hylton and Guyana’s Richard Williamson in a six-round welterweight professional bout as the main event. Both boxers weighed in at an identical 144.8lbs yesterday and promised “a lot of action”.

Williamson, who only arrived in the island yesterday, said he was tired, but “after some good Jamaican food and a good night’s sleep, I will be fine”.

He declared himself to be a boxer who likes to move and constantly pose problems for his opponent. He has a record of five wins and five losses.

Hylton, known in boxing circles as ‘Bus Boy’, was very confident of victory yesterday, and said that he is keen to improve on his seven wins and seven losses record. He is a mercurial fighter who will explode one night and be defensive another night. “Tonight will be action night,” he said yesterday, as he badly wants to improve his record.

On each night of the three-night series, there will be one professional fight and four amateur bouts featuring boxers from Jamaica’s leading gyms. Sponsors have granted a free admission as they see this as a programme to reach out to their customers.

The series will continue with a fight card at Breds Sports Park in Treasure Beach, St Elizabeth, on November 30, and the grand final will take place at Skateland in Half Way Tree on Friday, December 13. The outstanding gym each night will receive boxing gear from the sponsors.

Fight card

Professional

Kevin ‘Bus Boy’ Hyton (Jam) vs Richard Williamson (Guy)

Amateur:

Marvin Shea (JDF Gym) vs Daniel Hylton (Stanly Couch Gym)

Sanji Williams (Bruising Gym) vs Tafari Morris (Oracabessa Gym)

Ryan Sinclair (JDF Gym) vs Malcolm Peck (G.C. Foster Gym)

Janathan Hanson (Stanley Couch Gym) vs Kevonna Willis (JDF Gym)