Highlights of the 2005 Inter-Units Boxing Championship
1st Battalion Retains Boxing Championship Trophy

by Corporal Joseph Lewis 

Defending champion, the 1st Battalion The Jamaica Regiment has retained the coveted Force Boxing Championship trophy, despite intense efforts by other units to knock the trophy out of their hands. The seven major units of the Jamaica Defence Force competed. All the matches were held at Force Boxing Ring in Lathbury Barracks, Up Park Camp 16-18 March 2005. 

The boxers trained hard in the months leading up to the championship and fought equally hard over the three-day period of the competition. The bouts were closely contested, with each unit battling for bragging rights and to become the Champion Unit. But as in name and nature, being ‘First and Foremost’, at the end of the finals, the 1st Battalion with its hard-fought 33 points, was declared the winner of the 2005 Force Boxing Championship.   

In order of points gained, the other units performed as follows:

1 Engineer Regiment (Jamaica Defence Force) 24 points
2nd Battalion The Jamaica Regiment 22 points
Support and Services Battalion 18 points
3rd Battalion The Jamaica Regiment National Reserve 16 points
Jamaica Defence Force Air Wing   03 points
Jamaica Defence Force Coast Guard 01 point

Private Russell, N of the 3rd Battalion The Jamaica Regiment (National Reserve) was adjudged the Best Boxer and Private Walters, T of the 1st Battalion The Jamaica Regiment as the Best Loser. 

This year’s event saw a new award been handed out for the most outstanding Unit coach.   The award was to be given to the coach whose boxers the Boxing Committee consider to have displayed the best boxing techniques.   The award was won by Sergeant Grant, D of the 3rd Battalion The Jamaica Regiment (National Reserve). 

Acting Chief of Staff and Chairman of the JDF Sports Board, Colonel Stewart Saunders in the closing address noted the strong interest that boxing as a sport continues to attract and the pleasing turn out by service members, families and friends to the competition each year. He singled out the Best Loser, Private Walters for special commendation, whom he noted displayed a lot of courage in the ring. 

The 2005 Force Boxing Championship must go down, as an event that provided good entertainment for all the personnel that was present.