Castries, Saint Lucia: Saint Lucia Boxing Association staged the Champion of Champions Boxing tournament scheduled for Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22, 2023. The tournament will return to the shores after the two-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 Pandemic.
On Thursday 20th, the Association held a joint Press Conference with the Ministry of Youth Development and Sports to provide an update on the staging of what has been dubbed by the organizers “Hands in Gloves and not Guns”. In attendance, were the Minister for Youth Development and Sports, Kenson Casimir, Sports Director – Jim Xavier, President SLBA – David Christopher and his Public Relations Officer, Stan Bishop, and members of the media.
Also, present at the press conference were representatives from Trinidad and Tobago – Vicki Boodram (coach and 1 athlete), Barbados – Kelvin Nowell (Vice President BBA / coach and 1 athlete), and Saint Lucia Boxing Association – Conrad Frederick (coach and 1 athlete).
In his brief remarks, Sports Director, Jim Xavier said, “Saint Lucia has been on a wave of sporting success over the last few weeks, and we trust that this boxing extravaganza will ensure that this trend continues”.
The sport of boxing has helped in the rehabilitation of young individuals and with all that is happening with our young men, the Ministry of Youth Development and Sports wants to encourage parents and persons in difficult communities to embrace the sport of boxing. Noted Xavier. He went on to encourage Saint Lucians to come forward to support the Champion of Champions this weekend. The Ministry of Youth Development and Sports is 100 percent behind the SLBA in this venture.
SLBA President, David Christopher provided some statistical aspects of the championship. Christopher said, “Some fifty (50) boxers are expected to converge here representing, Barbados, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago and host nation Saint Lucia will be in action at the Vigie Multi-Purpose Sports Complex (VMPSC)”.
The SLBA Chief spoke highly of the Ministry of Youth Development and Sports Boxing Developmental Programme in the south of the island. He lamented that most of the boxers coming from the south would have been doing different things every single day, but they choose to be in the Gym every single day and that’s a plus for these young men.
According to Christopher, there are a lot of negativities been said about Vieux Fort, but these boxers from the south are the most aggressive bunch coming out from the last assessment program under the SLBA banner with the Cuban coach attached to the Ministry of Youth Development and Sports.
While in the school program, most of the young boxers from the school program at the Vigie Gym will also be featured over the two days of competition. Christopher appeals to the general public to come out and support these young boxers because they will be doing something different, they choose to be in the sport of boxing which is changing lives, and creating champions and better citizens, this is SLBA’s slogan by working the school program with the Ministry.
The tagline for the tournament is “Hands in Gloves and not on Guns”. Christopher said, “We want to make sure your hands stay in that glove and not hold that gun”. By all indications, the SLBA will transform the VMPSC into a Boxing Arena. The weighing of all the boxers will take place at Stephanie’s in Gros Islet. Saint Lucia Boxing Association will officially name its 15 participants thereafter. Bell time -7.00 p.m. on both days.