L. Garth Wright Tournament into 20th year
Guardian Sports Editor
Published: Sep 24, 2013
For the 20th year in a row, the Champion Amateur Boxing Club (CABC) will be staging the L. Garth Wright Sr. Golden Gloves Boxing Tournament.
The staple event on the local boxing calendar is set for this Saturday, starting at 6 p.m., over at the Fish Fry, at Arawak Cay. CABC Head Coach Ray Minus Jr. said that the event, which hasn’t missed a beat over the past 20 years, will once again provide fireworks.
“I just want the entire Bahamas to come out there and support these young boxers because it is going to be quite a show,” said Minus Jr. yesterday. “We intend to bring together all of the amateur clubs from all over The Bahamas. It is going to be a ‘Fist Out at the Fish Fry’. There are a number of exciting matches planned. We just want to encourage all Bahamians of all ages to come out because it is going to be like a family setting, where you could bring the entire family and have a good time.”
The main event on Saturday is expected to be Inagua native Colin Johnson going up against Keiron Knowles, the brother of Bahamian boxing standout Valentino Knowles. At least 10 other matches are planned, including Aparachio Davis taking on Tyrone Oliver.
“When you look at Colin Johnson, he is on a winning streak, but Keiron is very talented and ready to make a comeback. He is excited and looking forward to it. I believe that match could go either way,” said Minus Jr. “We also have Richard Charlton and Tyrone Oliver from the Strikers Boxing Club, and they bring a lot of experience and are extremely talented.
“A lot of good, talented boxers came out of this program. Standout boxers such as Taureano Johnson, Jermaine ‘Choo Choo’ Mackey, Meacher Major and Jerry ‘Big Daddy’ Butler all fought in the L. Garth Wright Golden Gloves Tournament. This tournament is a blessing for The Bahamas. We’re proud to host this event, and we’re looking forward to an excellent competition.”
Boxers are expected to hail from the Inagua Amateur Boxing Club, the Abaco Amateur Boxing Club and the Freeport Amateur Boxing Club, as well as local boxers from right here in New Providence.
“All of the amateur clubs are invited to participate. It’s going to be almost like The Bahamas Games,” said Minus Jr. “Also, we’re looking to put on some wrestling matches, so it looks promising. Basically, this is just an opportunity for the entire Bahamas to come out and see the tremendous boxing talent out there. Also, we want the boxing federation to see what is out there, so that they can start to select boxers to represent our country. Valentino and Carl Hield are starting to phase out of the amateur ranks, and we need other boxers to come to the forefront. Federation executives could come out there on Saturday themselves, and see the tremendous talented amateur boxers that we have in this country.”
Minus Jr. said that the event this Saturday will be held in honor of Charles Thompson and the late Kevin Smith for their contribution to the sport of boxing, most notably the promotion and staging of the British Commonwealth Championship title fight between Minus Jr. and Paul Ferrari at the Poinciana Arena in 1986.