A large crowd, which included the Custos of St Andrew Donna Parchment-Brown, was on hand at the Stony Hill Primary and Junior School in Stony Hill last Saturday night to participate in Bruising Gym’s seventh anniversary boxing show.There were seven bouts featuring boxers from Bruising Gym going up against boxers from the St Thomas Boxing Club, Port Antonio gym, G. C. Foster Gym, and the Stanley Couch Gym. The exciting Bruising team, coached by Carl Grant, emerged victorious, 5-2.The standard of boxing was good, and the most exciting bout was the last one on the card, between light heavyweights Omar Campbell and Yovan Panton. Eighteen-year-old Campbell from Bruising gym is a promising young boxer who has represented Jamaica overseas as a youth boxer. He has now graduated to the Elite Open Class and showed on Saturday, in his win on points, that he is a boxer who deserves special attention.Satisfied crowdPanton definitely came to fight and challenged Campbell from the opening bell. He used his jab to good advantage and mixed this with hooks to the head and body. Campbell seemed surprised at his opponent’s early aggression, but fought back with a two-fisted attack that drew cheers from the crowd. There was non-stop action, and the crowd loved it.Another exciting bout was the all – Bruising Gym bantamweight contest, between Sanjay Williams and Dwayne Creary. It was action all the way, but the more accomplished and fitter Williams was always a step ahead of his opponent and drew loud cheers when he was declared the winner.In other bouts, Kirkpatrick Heron from Port Antonio defeated Cory Clarke from Bruising Gym, who retired in the third round; James Douglas from Bruising Gym defeated Joel Wedderburn on points; Ricardo Carter from G. C. Foster outpointed Bruising’s Kenry McDermott; Damion Fuller from Bruising outpointed Seantoine Johnson from St Thomas; and Michael Gardener from Bruising Gym won a unanimous decision over Akeem Sinclair of St Thomas.
0Shares0000Wellwishers had laid flowers for Sala at Nantes football stadium after his disappearance © AFP / SEBASTIEN SALOM GOMISBournemouth, United Kingdom, Feb 7 – Argentine footballer Emiliano Sala’s family grieved on Friday after British authorities formally identified his body as the one recovered from the wreckage of a plane that went down in the Channel more than two weeks ago.“We can now begin to mourn our son and our brother,” the Cardiff City striker’s family said in a statement. “We would like to thank you for all of your signs of affection and support in the most painful time of our life.“To see everyone doing everything possible to join us in the search has been a precious help to us.”Argentine footballing idols Diego Maradona and Gabriel Batistuta also paid tribute to 28-year-old Sala.His French former club, Nantes, said it was retiring Sala’s number nine jersey. All matches in France’s top two divisions this weekend will be preceded by a minute of applause for him.The light aircraft carrying Sala from Nantes to his new club disappeared near the British island of Guernsey on January 21. The only other person on board was the aircraft’s 59-year-old pilot David Ibbotson, who has not been found.Rescuers found Sala’s body in the wreckage using an underwater vehicle © AAIB/AFP/File / HOThe player’s body was first spotted by British rescuers using a remotely operated underwater vehicle on Sunday, close to where the plane vanished from radar.Investigators recovered the body on Wednesday and transported it to the southern English coast. It was taken to Bournemouth where it was formally identified.Investigators said they were abandoning plans to lift the plane wreckage out of the water due to bad weather.– ‘Rest in peace, warrior’ –Sala’s disappearance sparked an outpouring of grief and a flood of cash to support a private hunt for the plane when the official search was initially called off.“I am very sorry about this sad news. Many of us kept a glimmer of hope for you, Emiliano,” football icon Maradona said on Instagram, following the identification of the body.“What sadness, this is the worst news. Rest in peace warrior,” tweeted former Argentina striker Batistuta.The body was brought ashore after being recovered from the underwater wreckage of the plane which disappeared near Guernsey on January 21 © AFP / Glyn KIRKManchester City and current Argentina striker Sergio Aguero also expressed his condolences.The country’s President Mauricio Macri also mourned the “painful news”.“We are with you,” he said.The small Argentine town of Progreso, where the footballer lived for most of his childhood, was also in mourning.“Since we found out, it’s all anyone can talk about,” said local restaurant owner Oscar Heymo, a friend of Sala’s father Horacio. “He was very much loved and admired by all.”In Cardiff, the club’s manager Neil Warnock said Southampton and Cardiff City players would wear black armbands in their English Premier League match on Saturday and a minute’s silence would be observed before kick-off.“When something like this happens it brings all the football family together,” he said. “It’s a loss to everyone in football.”Sala’s sister Romina wrote on her Instagram account: “Your soul in my soul will shine forever”.– Crowdfunded search –The plane, a Piper PA-46 Malibu, vanished from radar around 20 kilometres (12 miles) north of Guernsey.The discovery of two seat cushions on the French coast last week revealed that the plane had broken apart.Nantes coach Vahid Halilhodzic reacted to the identification of Sala’s body, saying it was ‘awful’. © AFP / LOIC VENANCEInitial search operations were suspended in the days after it went missing but a crowdfunding effort supported by thousands of donations, including from football stars such as Argentina superstar Lionel Messi, helped launch a private search.Without the fundraising effort “I don’t think anybody would have searched for the plane,” shipwreck hunter David Mearns, who was hired by the family, told AFP.The plane wreckage was spotted by Mearns’ ship. Britain’s Air Accidents Investigation Branch then co-ordinated the recovery.The AAIB said that extensive video footage captured of the sunken wreckage is expected to “provide valuable evidence for our safety investigation”.It said it intended to publish an interim report on the accident later this month. Sala was the most expensive signing in Cardiff’s history.Nantes have consulted lawyers to explore legal options to ensure Cardiff pay the transfer fee for Sala, a source close to the French club said on Wednesday.According to the source, the first instalment of the 17-million-euro ($19.3 million) deal has yet to be paid, despite the transfer being finalised before the accident.Nantes coach Vahid Halilhodzic said Friday: “To talk about money in these moments is disgusting.”He described the news that Sala’s body had been formally identified as “awful” and “unfair”.“We had always maintained hope but we knew in the end that it was slim, almost an illusion,” said the 66-year-old, who wept as he spoke to reporters.burs-dt/rjm/pma0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)