NASSAU, BAHAMAS- On Wednesday, the Bahamas Boxing Commission (BBC) announced that after working diligently with Bahamian entertainment promoter Whitney Ferguson, for three years, a blockbuster of an event is scheduled for Saturday May 13, 2023, at the Thomas A. Robinson National Stadium inside the Queen Elizabeth Sports Centre.
According to BBC Chairman Fred Sturrup, “this is the finest indication of a revival of the sport we love so dearly” in the last decade.
“I wish to heap praises on Promoter Whitney Ferguson. He has demonstrated perseverance at the highest level. The calls made to me over the last three years and to BBC Secretary Calvin Greene have been quite an amount. There were disappointing occasions when it seemed he would not be able to put a show together, but Ferguson pressed on. He networked through the commission with Minister of Youth, Spots and Culture Mario Bowleg, US boxing affiliates and myself to get to this point,” said Sturrup, who also represents the Commonwealth Boxing Council. “Now a super boxing show, inclusive of participating Bahamian boxers, a matter being negotiated, is planned. The commission has endorsed the process and confirmed as much with Minister Bowleg. The show has been sanctioned by the Government of The Bahamas through its commission, and hopefully everything will work out.”
The show, dubbed ‘The Return of Drama in Paradise’, will be headlined by a 10-round match featuring lightweights Xolosani Ndongeni and Ladarius Miller.
Other bouts scheduled are welterweight Layla McCarter (USA) taking on Claudia Andrea Lopez (Argentina), 10 rounds; heavyweight Justin Jones (USA) going up against Saul Farah (Bolivia), 10 rounds; heavyweight Richard Lamontage (USA) battling Esteban Hillman (Bolivia), 8/10 rounds; super featherweight Alexander Casares (Mexico) vs. Kevin Lionel Acevado (Argentina), 10 rounds; bantamweight Abdulazeez Alamoodi (Dubai) taking on Jose Garcia Sifuentes (Mexico), 8 rounds; super lightweight Eduardo Javier Abreu (Argentina) going up against Jose de Leon Jasso (Mexico), 6/8 rounds; flyweight Marlen Avila (USA) battling Haiulie Villalobos Martinez (Mexico), 4 rounds; lightweight Ashton Barreras (USA) vs. Reymundo Gutierrez (Mexico), 4 rounds; heavyweight Anonia Zepeda (USA) taking on Skylar Lacy (USA), 6 rounds; and super lightweight Keith Hunter going up against an opponent to be named later.
The commission is appealing to government agencies, in particular, the Ministry of Tourism, the immigration and customs departments, to accommodate Promoter Ferguson as he seeks to present a major event in this The Bahamas’ 50th Independence anniversary year.