Grudge matches to highlight 'Boxing in the City'
Ryon Jones, Staff Reporter
The Olympia Crown hotel-sponsored 'Boxing in the City' series will serve as the battleground on which a number of fighters will aim to avenge defeats.
The series, which was launched yesterday at the hotel's property on Molynes Road in Kingston with the first fight card, will consist of six bouts - two professional fights and four amateur fights - set to take place on July 14 on the same grounds.
Glenroy 'Bumpy' Beckford of Hardknocks Gym and Guyana's Cassius Matthews will meet in the main bout. Beckford has a ring record of seven wins and seven losses, while Matthews has managed four wins to go along with six losses and two draws.
The other professional fight will see Richard Holmes of Bruisin' Gym face off with Moyan Shorter of Heavy Metal Gym. Both fights are slated for six rounds and fall in the welterweight category.
"I entered Contender and I messed up, and I said 'it is not going to happen again'," Shorter informed.
"I am going to go out there and do my best because only my best is good enough," he added.
Holmes did not exercise the level of diplomacy his opponent did, as he too wants to compensate for losses during the Contender Series.
"I have to make up back for the Contender as I got my first loss and I couldn't get over it, and then I lost again and it really shocked me big time," Holmes shared.
"So somebody has to pay right now because a revenge time and anybody it fall pon ... a just so," he added.
The amateur card is where the real grudge matches can be found, as Michael Gardner of Bruisin' Gym will look to turn the tables on Horan Walters of Job Walters Gym, who had defeated him during last year's Contender Series.
Kestner Davis from Bruisin' Gym will renew his rivalry with Chevaughan Bartlett of G.C. Foster College, whom he beat during the recently concluded Contender Series. It is said that Bartlett was desirous of the rematch to settle the score.
Single female bout
Iroyn Creary of Heavy Metal Gym will tackle James Douglas of Bruisin' Gym, while Felice Groves, also of Bruisin' Gym, and Antonnette Rose of Heavy Metal Gym will knock fist in the only female bout on the card.
The next card in the series is scheduled for October, as promoter Carl Grant is hoping to stage at least three fight cards before the end of the year.
Prior to the July 14 fights, which are set to start at 8 p.m., two boxing administrators and two veteran fighters will be honoured. The administrators are long-serving Leroy Brown, secretary of the Jamaica Boxing Board of Control (JBBC), and the JBBC's immediate past president, William Tavares-Finson, who is credited with reviving boxing in recent times.
The boxers to be recognised are George Leslie 'Bunny' Grant and Richard 'Shrimpy' Clarke.
Olympia Crown hotel's CEO Robert Forbes explained why they came on board as title sponsors.
"I committed to it because I would love to see the sport grow," Forbes said.
"I would love to see it (boxing) offer the youngsters more opportunities, as a lot of people leave school and are on the street, and boxing is a thing that could take a lot of people off the street," he added.