Meacher Major launches ambitious nation-wide boxing program in GB

Meacher Major is based in Buffalo, New York.

The recently-retired super featherweight champion of The Bahamas and former World Boxing Association Caribbean Lightweight Champion has options, in continuing his contributions to enhancing the sport he loves and considers to have been instrumental in molding him.

In Buffalo, there are associates who want him to develop and drive a youth boxing program, exclusively. His heart, though, belongs to The Bahamas and while he will venture into some exchange programs (Bahamas/Buffalo), he said on Friday that his primary focus “will be in providing consistent opportunities for young Bahamian boxers and aspiring ones, boys and girls to learn and benefit from the sport.”

On Friday, Major made the official announcement of the “grand boxing event” he has scheduled for March of 2019. In introducing him during his press conference at Castaways Hotel, downtown Freeport, Major’s Grand Bahama-based publicity director Peter Adderley emphasized the significance of Major deciding to use Grand Bahama as the main backdrop for his nation-wide program.

“This is about my passion to do something for my country and the young folks. I always look at myself. I came out of Kemp Road in New Providence and the area has not had a good reputation. All of my life, the Kemp Road area was looked upon in a negative light. I came out of the area and through boxing and some very fine people who were mentors, and still are for me, I don’t think I did badly.

“I was able to go far on boxing. I didn’t get that world championship I had dreamed about. But, I was a regional champion and through boxing I got a lot of important contacts. In Buffalo where I spend a lot of time, there is enthusiasm for boxing. I like the concept of an exchange program. With my vision, though I’m thinking of networking young boxers from all of the islands where the sport is active. Grand Bahama will be the main foundation of the program. I will operate through my Regional Director position in the Pan American Caribbean Boxing Organization (PACBO).

“People have asked me about choosing Grand Bahama. Well, I was invited to bring a few amateurs to the recent Commonwealth Boxing Salute staged by the Grand Bahama Sports Promotion Association. I felt the enthusiasm. It was different and I decided right there and then that once I retired, I would concentrate on Grand Bahama as a base of operation for my national program,” said Major.

The March event in Grand Bahama will have a two-part format. There will be ring activities and a tribute segment.

“This one is to be the hallmark event. I want to use this as the yardstick for all to see just what my program, for The Bahamas, is all about,” said Major.

The retired fighter said while coordinating his program, he will ensure to network and get guidance and endorsement from the Bahamas Boxing Commission and the Bahamas Boxing Federation.

The big date is Saturday, March 16. The venue will be the Mary, Star of the Sea Auditorium.

(To respond to this column, kindly contact Fred Sturrup at sturrup1504@gmail.com or on WhatsApp at 727-6363).

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