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English-born boxers will fight to represent Jamaica

Published:Thursday | February 25, 2010 | 12:00 AM

Robert Bailey, Gleaner Writer

Three England-based boxers who are hoping to represent Jamaica at this year's Commonwealth Games in India will have an opportunity showcase their skills at Jamaica Boxing Board, Fist of Gold boxing card at the Barbican Beach Football Complex on Saturday.

The boxers are welterweight fighters Phillip Bowes and Ahmet Patterson, along with middleweight Recce Shagourie. They were all born in the United Kingdom to Jamaican parents.

Bowes will oppose Shawn Wheatle of the Jamaica Defence Force in a three-round contest; Patterson will fight Ricardo Smith of Hard Knocks Gym in a three-rounder; and Shagourie will challenge Catoney Robinson, also of Hard Knocks Gym, over three rounds.

Exciting night

Leroy Brown, general secretary of the Jamaica Boxing Board, is expecting an exciting night of boxing.

Brown said: "These English boxers are here because they want to represent Jamaica at the Commonwealth Games in India in October and so they are here to perform so that the boxing board can have a look at them.

"It should a very exciting night of boxing because all these boxers will be looking to make a name for themselves," Brown said.

"These fights are also an early trial for the Commonwealth Games and so all the boxers will be going all-out to impress the judges," Brown added.

Meanwhile, welterweight boxer Sakima Mullings will make his much-anticipated professional debut when he opposes Raymond Gordon.

Professional fighting

The 27-year-old Mullings, who grew up in the United States, told
The Gleaner
in a recent interview that he is looking forward to fighting as a professional.

"I think that pound for pound, I am one of the best fighters out there now and I know that I am going to be the welterweight champion of the world pretty soon," said Mullings, who holds a degree in finance from the University of New Paul in New York.