Lone elite boxer Carl Heild pushes on for The Bahamas
Published: Aug 03, 2013
The Cuban training connection began for Bahamian boxers back in 2003. Taureano Johnson received a scholarship for training in Cuba. What transpired for him was another significant page of Bahamian sporting success. In five years, Johnson captured regional titles and medals and climbed into the elite circle of world amateur boxers.
By the time he won his two fights at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, before losing to host country opponent Hanati Silamu, Johnson was an authentic elite boxer. Verification of his status was the No.4 ranking among world welterweights that he was given following the Olympic Games.
The next year he crossed over into the professional ranks, leaving behind the most noted amateur career of any Bahamian. Left in the amateur mix were up-and-coming boxers such as Valentino Knowles and Carl Heild. They had followed Johnson into the Cuban training environment.
They flourished as well.
Last year, Knowles, after a distinguished amateur career of his own, determined to become a professional fighter.
So, then there was one.
Only Carl Heild was left as a Bahamian amateur boxing elite. He continued on, not deterred at all by the absence of his boxing compatriots and friends. He has soldiered through on the very tough Cuban circuit and most recently at the biggest international tournament annually in that country he won a bronze medal. It was the 43rd Giraldo Cardin International and Heild carted off the middleweight bronze medal.
The victory further cemented him as a part of the special elite package in world amateur boxing. Once in that category boxers automatically qualify for top-level competitions around the world.
Accordingly at the end of this month, Heild is scheduled to travel to Santiago, Chile for the Elite Continental Championships. The event will be staged August 17-September 4. Following that competition, Heild will be off to Kyrgyzstan (or the Kyrgyz Republic), formerly a province of Russia, to train for the International Amateur Boxing Association World Championships. He will not have any teammates on the world amateur boxing circuit in the immediate future, but according to amateur boxing president Wellington Miller, Heild is “taking everything in stride”.
“Yes, he is the only one we have out there now. He is comfortable in the Cuban system though and continues to do well. He is in the A category of world amateurs, and we are happy to have him as a representative. I expect that he will be able to lead our effort internationally for several years to come. We have three more boxers lined up to enter the Cuban system. They are to travel to Cuba in September,” Miller informed.
Meanwhile Carl Heild is out there for the country on the elite amateur boxing circuit, looking always, to add to his credentials. Thus far, a bronze medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, India, is his high water mark of success.
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