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Rodgers injects excitement into local boxing program

FRED STURRUP
SPORTS SCOPE

Published: Jun 29, 2013

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The emergence of the Strikers Boxing Club, a product of Ronn Rodgers, is providing new interest in the national boxing program.

Rodgers, a former amateur boxer of note informed recently of his project in the Golden Gates Shopping Center. He is quite enthusiastic and determined to add much needed fuel to the engine of the country’s boxing program.

“I’m interested in projecting the sport,” Rodgers said.

“I’ve had meetings with members of the amateur program. I have the facility and I’m eager to talk with the people who can help in the success process.”

So said Rodgers when we chatted earlier in the week. My understanding is that Rodgers will work initially in advancing the amateur aspect of boxing in The Bahamas through his venue. However, it is his intent also to work with the Bahamas Boxing Commission, the Pan American Caribbean Boxing Organization (headquartered in The Bahamas) and elements of the game throughout the country.

He certainly is ambitious. Rodgers has gone out on a bit of a limb in outfitting his facility with equipment. It is a good cost he has incurred and speaks to his sincerity and purpose. Ronn Rodgers is certainly a welcome addition to the boxing family of The Bahamas and to a broader extent, in the Caribbean and the Pan American regions.

Already he seems a refreshing presence. Boxing activities have started at the Golden Gates venue. The Strikers Club, with Rodgers as the catalyst, appears capable of filling a partnership role and fitting right in with similar programs like Champion Amateur Boxing Club, in nurturing and advancing amateur boxing.

On the bigger scale, there are the BBC, the ABFB and PACBO, the boxing organizations that have a joint agreement to supervise and support the initiatives within the national development scheme. While the joint agreement has been in place since 2009, the dividends have not been in accordance with expectations.

To be quite frank, the tripartite situation, a boxing coalition of sorts, has not maximized the sport’s potential. With Rodgers now prominently in the mix, there is an infusion of new energy into the national development program. I applaud his early zeal and hope there is continuance for some time to come.

Meanwhile, the ABFB is addressing an expanded program. The BBC is now reaching out to the Florida Hall of Fame Organization and the World Boxing Organization (WBO) to add to its connection with the Commonwealth Boxing Council. The general idea is to open up new opportunities for Bahamian pro boxing.

PACBO is networking with Meacher Major to re-establish its program in the Family Islands. In the past, PACBO organized a boxing club in Bimini in honor of the late icon Yama Bahama and provided equipment for the clubs in Freeport as well as the ABFB.

Hopefully all of the aforementioned proposed projects will come together to boost the sport of boxing.

 

• To respond to this column, kindly contact Fred Sturrup at sturrup1504@gmail.com.

 


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