1JR scores knockout win in boxing championships

By Pte Tradeen Foster

The men of the First Battalion, the Jamaica Regiment (1JR) came to the 2013 Force Boxing Championships with one thing on their minds: break the four year domination of the competition by 1 Engineer Regiment (JDF) and bring boxing back to the regiment. And break that domination they did. By the end of the last bout on Friday March 18, 2013, there was little doubt that boxing had indeed, come back to 1JR.

LCpl Edgar Herbine of the First Battalion, the Jamaica Regiment (1JR), overpowers
Pte Hubert Small of 1 Engineer Regiment (JDF) to defend his Super Heavyweight title at the
JDF Force Boxing Championships on March 18, 2013. This year's final was held at the
JDF Air Wing Hangar in Up Park Camp and the competition was won by the First Battalion,
the Jamaica Regiment (1JR). Photo by: Karema Henriques

That last fight, between Super Heavyweights, Lance Corporal Edgar Herbine, of 1JR and Private Hubert Small, of 1ER, quite fittingly summed up the 2013 Force Boxing Competition. Like this slugfest between Herbine and Small, the competition was a titanic battle between the two most successful Units in recent JDF boxing. Punch for punch, pound for pound, round for round, Herbine and Small put on a boxing treat for the 100s of fans, huddled into the intimate arena that was the JDF Air Wing hangar. When the final bell sounded, it was the colossus, LCpl Herbine, who would emerge victorious, much to the delight of the very vocal 1JR fans. The Unit had finally broken the engineers’ stranglehold on the competition with 43 overall points, just four more than the 39 points that secured second for 1ER. Support and Services Battalion were close behind with 33 points for third, followed by Combat Support Battalion (21), the Second Battalion, the Jamaica Regiment (21), the JDF Coast Guard (20), the Third Battalion, the Jamaica Regiment (NR) (19) and the JDF Air Wing (07).

The elimination and semi-final bouts that took place on March 13-14 had set the stage for Friday night’s fireworks. 1JR put themselves in a strong position going into Friday’s finals, by advancing more fighters than any other Unit. 1ER ran into some difficulties in the elimination bouts, as heavy favorite and defending champion in his weight class, Lt Daniel Khan, lost his semi-final fight to LCpl Howard Ferguson by a single point. In that fight, Ferguson went toe-to-toe with the more experienced Khan, scoring the winning point with exactly the last punch of the fight.

The 1JR boxing fraternity, including this ecstatic young lady, throw their support behind their fighters on the
final night of the Jamaica Defence Force Boxing Championship on March 18, 2013 at the JDF Air Wing Hangar.
Photo by: Corporal Darren Beckles

The competition, though dominated by the top two Units, saw some spirited boxing by fighters from the rest of the Force. 2Lt S Patterson of 1JR and 2Lt C Smith of 2JR, were the only two officers to make their finals, with 2Lt Smith defeating Pte R Plummer of Combat Support Battalion to take the medal.

The Best Boxer Award went to Spr P Sahadeo, of 1ER and Pte D Morgan, was adjudged Most Gallant Loser. Other medal winners on the night were Ord N Walker (JDF CG), Pte K Willis (1ER), Pte S Brown (SSB), LCpl L Reid (CSB) and Pte R Gray (1JR). The award for Most Outstanding Coach went to Corporal G Vaz, also of the First Battalion, the Jamaica Regiment.