Big amateur boxing boost planned by Meacher Major
Published: Jul 27, 2013
His professional competitive career is winding down.
The view here is that Meacher Major fully recognizes that at 31, the window of opportunity is closing rapidly for him. However, he is at peace and satisfied that he got a tremendous amount of exposure, met a lot of associates of the game and otherwise, who became his friends.
Unlike many other boxers, he has been looking beyond his career for quite a few years now and determined that in retirement he would double his efforts on trying to add further growth to the amateur boxing base in the country.
Major started a youth club in Kemp Road five years ago and he has gained an association with the Pan American Caribbean Boxing Organization (PACBO), a regional body that has a primary focus of assisting with the development of young boxers through providing equipment, sporting attire and opportunities for ring activities.
Major, the Bahamian super featherweight champion and former World Boxing Association Caribbean titleholder, has in recent times, strengthened his concentration on after-retirement preparation.
To that end, he has been able to establish a relationship with a group out of Buffalo, New York and the result has been an offer to operate a boxing complex in that American City. It’s a windfall of sorts. It’s an unexpected option that is now available to the national boxing program in The Bahamas.
It’s Major’s intention to work closely with PACBO in reaching “out all over The Bahamas to bring out the boxing talent”.
“I was very impressed when I noted that PACBO was making donations of boxing gear to not only the Amateur Boxing Federation of the Bahamas (ABFB) but to other member programs in the country. Then, when PACBO went into Bimini and established a youth club in honor of Yama Bahama, I said in my mind that I wanted to be involved that way.
“PACBO appointed me a regional director and everything is working out just fine. I am grateful to my friends and associates in Buffalo, who are giving me this opportunity. Believe me, I know how important and significant it is. They know of my passion to boost the sport in The Bahamas and they are encouraging the inclusion of boxers from The Bahamas in whatever we do up here,’’ said Major.
Primarily the Buffalo boxing entity will concentrate on being a major base of activities through the scheduling of invitational tournaments, several times annually. There is the idea being floated around of eventually, the tournaments being scheduled monthly.
This would provide the amateur boxing program with a similar situation that drove the initial development of the local boxing body back in the late 1960s and early 1970s. During those early years, as the founding secretary of the amateur association and then the president for the next seven years, I used the Golden Gloves forum in Florida as a key development factor for the young Bahamian pugilists.
These many years later, once the structure is in place, it appears that Major from his Buffalo base, will offer another grand avenue for our young boxers to enhance their skills and better prepare for the representation of their country on the regional and international stages.
Best wishes to Major in this new venture!