A declaration that boxing fans will be able to see regular shows, by both professional and amateur boxers over the next 12-month period, was made by Boxing Board president Stephen Jones on Wednesday as he officially launched a Pro-Am Boxing card scheduled for Saturday, November 5, at the Barbican Beach Sports Complex on East Kings House Road. The card will have two professional bouts, with the feature being a six-rounder between Sakima Mullings, the Wray and Nephew 2014 Contender champion and Courtney McCleave from North Carolina. The other fight between two Americans will be announced early next week he said. The joint promoters of this section of the card will be I-Fight Promotions led by Chris Joy from the USA and Creative Sports led by Donald Lyeow from Jamaica. The Jamaica Boxing Board will be promoting the amateur section of the card, which will see five Jamaican boxers going up against boxers from the Cayman Islands. Speaking at the launch at the Usain Bolt Tracks and Records complex at Market Place in St. Andrew, Jones said that the boxing board now has a network of partners who have pledged to work with the board to foster both amateur and professional boxing. The two promoting companies he said, were firm in their promise to get that section of the sport moving once more, and the board was in touch with several sister overseas boxing associations, who have agreed to have home and away cards, so as to get their amateur boxers ready for competition. The Jamaica versus Cayman dual meet, he said, was preparation for a Caribbean tournament that will take place in Barbados in December. Solidifying the pledge, Junior Lincoln who represented I-Fight Promotions, pointed to the fact that his principal Chris Joy, had fallen in love with Jamaica’s boxing, and not only would he be bringing good boxers here, but he would be inviting celebrities such as members of the Floyd Mayweather camp to attend his shows as an added attraction. . Speaking for the sponsors, David Shirley, chairman of the KLE Group under which the Usain Bolt Tracks and Records fall, and who also has links with the Barbican Beach complex, said that his companies were pleased to be associated with the promotion. Boxing he said was one of the sports with which they wanted to be associated, and they would do everything to help it to move forward over the next 12-month period and beyond.
As the fight against the deadly Ebola continues, the director-general of the National Commission on Higher Education (NCHE), Dr. Michael Slawon, has observed that continuous denial of the existence of Ebola in some quarters across the country is seriously hampering government’s efforts to contain the disease.Dr. Slawon stressed the need for all Liberians, irrespective of status or geographical background, to accept the fact the virus exists and collectively join the fight to contain it.According to him, acceptance, it would be one of the surest ways to rid the country of the Ebola virus, adding, “Ebola is real and it is killing Liberians in their numbers on a daily basis.”Dr. Slawon said Liberians must by now begin to abide by and apply preventive measures put in place by the Health and Social Welfare authorities and international partners if Ebola must be wiped out of the country.He made the observation Wednesday when he distributed several anti-Ebola materials, including buckets, cartons of chlorine, Clorox, sanitizers and other disinfectants to the Kpelleh Town Community in Paynesville, outside Monrovia.He said that items he distributed represented the Commission’s way of identifying with residents of the several other communities and around Monrovia as part of preventive measures in the ongoing fight against the Ebola virus.In a related development, two leading youth groups, the Federation of Liberian Youth (FLY), and the Liberia National Students Union (LINSU), have appealed to the government to include their institutions in the fight against Ebola.In a recent interview with reporters, the presidents of both groups said their involvement in containing the virus across the country is paramount as they constitute the vast majority of youth and student groupings in the country.Messrs. Augustine Tamba of FLY, and Varney Jersey of LINSU, indicated that sensitization as well as contact tracing are tasks that the two groups could get involved with, as these are tedious tasks that require youthful engagement.The duo added that their involvement in the process would further help in getting the youth population adequately involved as “grassroots and community-based” bodies.They observed that most youths are not involved in the ongoing fight due to the absence of their direct representation from both FLY and LINSU.As such, they urged that the government sees reason to support them in order to curb the virus.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Ayoze Perez Ayoze Perez has signed a new five-and-a-half-year contract with Newcastle.The Spanish forward has been an impressive performer for the Magpies since arriving from CD Tenerife in June 2014.He has made 63 appearances for the club, scoring 12 goals, and has featured in 21 of Newcastle’s 23 Premier League games this season.“It’s a special day for me, a big day for me,” the 22-year-old told the club’s official website.“The truth is I’m really happy here, so it’s a good thing for me – and I hope it’s the same for the Geordie family.“Newcastle gave me everything and I’m really pleased to sign this new contract.”Newcastle manager Steve McClaren added: “I am delighted that Ayoze has signed a new deal.“He is a very good player with huge potential and someone we believe has a very big future at Newcastle United.“We are building this club for the long-term and Ayoze is a very important part of that.”The announcement of Perez’s new deal came shortly after Newcastle confirmed the loan signing of striker Seydou Doumbia. 1