Sports — 08 February 2013
Boxing returns to Bird’s Isle, February 24; sponsors needed

In times past, our typical sporting Sunday in Belize City would begin at 11:00 a.m. with either basketball or boxing at Bird’s Isle, then, after a quick lunch, it was over to the MCC at 3:30 in the afternoon for football “Fire on the Barracks.”

Semipro football returns to the MCC this Sunday, February 9, with F.C. Belize hosting FC San Felipe Barcelona in the start of the Premier League of Belize 2012-2013 Closing Season tournament. With both F.C. Belize and the Police United FC teams using the MCC Grounds as their home field this season, fans can look forward to Sunday afternoon football at the Garden each week for the next few months.

Whatever the plans for basketball, in a couple weeks time it will be like old times again, as the Belize Boxing Federation and Lions Den Promotion will be hosting a 9-bout card of amateur boxing at Bird’s Isle on Sunday, February 24.

Lions Den Boxing Gym manager Clinton Tucker visited our sports desk this morning along with two of his boxers, Alex Neal and female boxer Shenique Michael, who will be among those featured on the card.

According to Tucker, he is still seeking sponsors for certain aspects of the promotion, and is appealing to members of the public to step forward to help make the event a success. Trophies have already been secured; ring announcer will be the one and only, Kenny Morgan; and he has secured the DJ services of “Boss Hog.” But there are a number of “bases” that still need to be covered, including “security and rope,” “doctor,” “judges, referee and time keeper,” as well as “food and beverage,” and “transportation” and “accommodations” for visiting boxers.

The under-card will include youths of 12 – 13 years as well as some female contests, before the 3 main bouts, all involving boxers from Belize City (Leopold Smart Gym), Cayo (Frank Martinez Gym), Ladyville (Lions Den Gym) and San Pedro (San Pedro Boxing Gym).

Star boxer, Max “Pain” Williams of Lions Den Gym will not be featured in this card, as he will be representing Belize at the Central American Games. However, Tucker says he has a number of eager youngsters who are training hard, and that propelled him to try and put together the promotion.

Interested sponsors can contact Clinton Tucker at cell 604-5178.

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