Meacher Major will be 37 this coming October 10. A little less than two weeks earlier, he is scheduled to make his last competitive appearance in a boxing ring.
The Bahamian super featherweight champion and former World Boxing Association Caribbean Federation lightweight king and Jamaican Martin Anderson are to be the main event opponents on a show at the C. I. Gibson Gymnasium in New Providence.
Major has had a high-quality career. His statistics are 23 wins, six defeats and one no-contest. Beyond that record however has been his outreach as a sports ambassador for The Bahamas. Major has established a strong connection to the boxing community in Buffalo, New York. As the Pan American Caribbean Boxing Organization (PACBO) Regional Director, he has made a significant contribution to young developing boxers in the Caribbean, in particular, his native country The Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands.
“This is it for me. I am satisfied with what I have done as a professional. I’ve always faced reality though. I am thankful that I was able to manage my career to reach this point with no problems health wise and with relationships that will enable me to carry on in the sport, with a greater focus to mentoring young boxers.
“I am looking forward to my last fight. It’s the “last dance” and I am excited. I am equally enthused about what is ahead. I am thankful to have been considered by the Pan American Caribbean Boxing Organization to have the capacity to help grow the organization by expanding its link to more Bahamians and other youngsters from the wider Caribbean.
“It’s exciting and I like what’s ahead in the future. Boxing is really on the move in the country and leading the way is Grand Bahama. Tank Williams had an excellent show there several months ago and in July, the Grand Bahama Sports Promotion Association got with the Bahamas Boxing Commission and the Grand Bahama Port Authority to pull off a very successful dinner boxing and awards event.
“They honored four Bahamians who won Commonwealth titles. It was good to interact with Gomeo Brennan, Steve Larrimore, my old trainer Ray Minus Jr. and Jermain Mackey. I feel good about where boxing in The Bahamas is headed,” said Major.
The September show’s pro segment dubbed the “Meacher Major ‘Pain’: The Last Dance” will include a sub-feature match showcasing Rasheed Williams. The underneath program will be a PACBO presentation of amateur bouts.
Both the Bahamas Boxing Commission and the Bahamas Boxing Federation have endorsed the event. The commission has sanctioned the professional bouts and the federation has given permission for the amateur bouts to be staged.
Next on the agenda for Major is an amateur show scheduled for Grand Bahama.
“Immediately after the September show we will begin planning to showcase the amateurs in Grand Bahama,” informed Major.
Boxing does indeed seem to be on the rise!
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