|Local sports official challenged to teach|
Guardian Columnist/Sales Executive
Published: Apr 28, 2012
Alvin Sargent is the most qualified boxing official in this country's history. He has long been a fully certified amateur boxing referee. Sargent has the capacity to work rings on the greatest of stages, including the Olympic Games.
He has traveled the world as an official. Boxing has done a lot for him. He was one of the early amateur top boxers under the wings of Bert Perry, the country's first National Boxing Coach.
What has he given back? The names of Bahamians who have, at great personal expenses and sacrifices, labored to pass on knowledge and skill sets to others make for a long list. They were called Liviticus "Uncle Lou" Adderley, Vincent Ferguson, Henry Crawford, Charlie Major Sr., Charlie Wright, Tom Grant, Norman Gay, Cynthia Pratt, Fred "Papa" Smith, Wenty Ford, Leonard "Boston Blackie" Miller, York Rolle and Steve Pinder. There were many more of that ilk.
Sargent does not belong in that category of stalwarts. The years have "come and gone" and Sargent has failed to establish a solid program to teach what he knows to others.
This is an incredible situation. The Amateur Boxing Federation of The Bahamas (ABFB) gave him many opportunities to become qualified. Pleas from within the boxing community to him, to hold officiating seminars have been responded to with promises upon promises.
It's a disservice to the sport that enabled him to experience numerous officiating milestones as a Bahamian. Sargent because of his amateur status, is not expected to work pro rings. If he holds seminars however, capable amateur and pro referees would emerge.
A challenge goes out to Sargent. The ABFB would endorse and sponsor the seminars. Wellington Miller has said as much. The Pan American Caribbean Boxing Organization (PACBO) would also assist. The Bahamas Boxing Commission (BBC) would welcome such a development as finally, boxing officiating in the country would expand.
Indeed, he would get full support to conduct the seminars. It would be a mighty injection in the arm of local boxing as it seeks to advance. Rise to the challenge Sargent!
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