High marks for Jamaica - WBA hails organisation of featherweight title fight
Leroy Brown, Gleaner Writer
Jamaica has come in for high praise from the World Boxing Association (WBA) for its promotion of the 'Wray & Nephew Rumble on Jamrock' title fight card, featuring Nicholas Walters and Daulis Prescott, which took place at the National Indoor Sports Centre on Saturday, December 8.
Walters became the WBA featherweight champion that night by scoring a seventh-round technical knockout (TKO) victory over Prescott, before thousands of ecstatic Jamaicans. The promotion had the blessing of the WBA under their 'KO To Drugs' banner, and it was their third such event for 2012.
In a report on their website, the WBA stated that the promotion exceeded all expectations. Accepting that choosing Jamaica for the event was a challenge accepted by the president Gilberto Mendoza and his executive director son Gilberto Jr, they were happy that their vision paid off.
The report stated that, "the show exceeded expectations in every way, and the organisation was very good."
The fact that there was some disorder when fans swarmed into the ring at the end of the fight was acknowledged, but it was noted that this was in celebration of the Walters victory.
The support of the Government and its collaboration with the promoting company to provide the live television broadcast was seen as positive, and there was general praise for the quality of the fights that were presented.
In the report, Jamaica was seen to be "abstract, cosy and fascinating" and the experience "extraordinary". Jamaica, it said, is known as "the land of reggae and the land of athletics" and the question was then posed, "Why not also boxing?"