JDF Boxers Ready for the Fight

The Jamaica Defence Force Boxing team has once again showed that it is a force to be reckoned with. On Sat 09 May 2009, the JDF boxers took on all pugilistic contenders in the parking lot of the Ken’s Wildflower Lounge in Portmore, St Catherine in the latest staging of the Jamaica Boxing Board of Control Burger King Series.  

L-R- LCpl B Williams (2 JR), LCpl F Mills (3 JR (NR)), LCpl Lewis (2 JR),
Pte A Reid (1 JR), Spr C Taylor (1 Engr Regt (JDF)), Pte Smith (Sp & Svcs Bn),
Cpl O Gavin (2 JR), Pte K Campbell (1 JR), Sgt K Barrett (1 Engr Regt (JDF));
Kneeling L-R- Pte C Jackson (1 JR), Pte O Nicholson (2 JR)Missing were –
Cpl C Maitland (1 JR), LCpl S McInnis (Sp & Svcs Bn), Pte G King (1JR)

The team started training in January 2009 with both old and new members; since they started they have shown a great deal of improvement.

One notable high performer is Private Kereem “Anthrax” Campbell of the First Battalion The Jamaica Regiment.   He was selected, at short notice, to join the Jamaica team for an invitation card in the Cayman Islands on 14 March 2009.  Campbell was one of three Jamaican fighters, on that night, who was successful in his fight.

The JDF boxers were again called into action on 02 May 2009 at the Bruising Gym in Stony Hill at the Jamaica Boxing Board of Control Burger King Series, where Privates Campbell and Carvett Jackson and Sapper Ceyon Taylor were all successful fighters, representing the JDF Gym well.

The boxers were in a vicious mode on 09 May 2009 at the Ken’s Wildflower Lounge in Portmore. Boxers representing the JDF Gym, the Bruising Gym in Stony Hill, Job Walter’s Gym in St James and the Stanley Couch Gym in Kingston clashed under the stars in Portmore in a keenly contested event.

The nine-bout fight card featured both novice and open class fights with the JDF featured in five bouts; they won three fights and lost two (02) by close decisions.  Private Andre Reid of the First Battalion The Jamaica Regiment was JDF’s top contender for the evening, winning his bout in a convincing manner.

Also sharing the top podium position were Lance Corporal Fabian Mills of the Third Battalion The Jamaica Regiment (National Reserve) and Private Graffique King of the First Battalion The Jamaica Regiment who performed to a high standard in winning their bouts.

The JDF team will be called into action again in June 2009 and it is hoped that they will continue their dominance in Jamaica’s boxing circles.