Wray & Nephew, JBB join forces for boxing series
KINGSTON: Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum and the Jamaica Boxing Board (JBB) have partnered to stage an eight-month boxing series for amateur and professional boxers with the first bout on Saturday, July 1, 2023, at Cling Cling Oval in Kingston.
The programme creates a dynamic platform that enables elite amateur boxers to refine their skills in preparation for international competitions, while simultaneously providing professional athletes an opportunity to launch and cultivate their careers in front of their home crowd.
Love affair with boxing
J. Wray & Nephew Limited’s Marketing Manager Pavel Smith is elated that the partnership will provide an opportunity for Jamaicans to support the careers of local boxers.
“Jamaica has a love affair with boxing and Wray & Nephew remains a bedrock in the advancement of the sport in Jamaica. This series gives our talented boxers more opportunities to increase their visibility and fight counts that will, in turn, make them contenders for larger global opportunities.”
The new boxing platform offers talented boxers more than just local recognition. It aims to empower participants to chart a course that leads them all the way to the prestigious world titles. In addition to showcasing boxing talent, the series will foster community cohesion as the fights will be held in rotating communities every six weeks.
Stephen Jones, president of the JBB, said: “By combining our shared vision and expertise, we are confident that this partnership will facilitate the growth and development of boxing in Jamaica, create exciting opportunities for our boxers, and continue to positively impact the communities we serve. It is only natural to align ourselves with the company that not only helped kick-start this movement but also possesses the means, vision, and determination to actualise our goals of expanding the footprint of boxing both locally and worldwide.”
The JBB’s overarching vision has always been to establish Jamaica as a hub for international boxing.
Jones added: “We firmly believe that once this endeavour takes flight and garners momentum, ProAm shows will become an enduring fixture in our annual calendar, further solidifying Jamaica’s reputation as a global boxing destination.”