19 Cayman Brac residents received a free boxing training session earlier this month at the Aston Rutty Civic Centre. The event was the final boxing clinic put on by the Cayman Islands Boxing Association (CIBA) for 2020.
The Brac has produced promising athletes over the years in several sports such as track and field, football, swimming and cricket. However, the Sister Islands have yet to create a single amateur boxer but CIBA’s head coach Floyd Trumpet says that may change in the near future.
“It was a great experience for me,” said Trumpet. “I saw a good bit of raw talent that can become champions if given the chance.”
Trumpet was joined by his assistant coaches Theodore Kelly Jr. and Sabien Barnes along with Cayman’s undefeated national amateur boxer Jaden Eccleston. Trumpet said he is planning a return to the Brac with major ideas for 2021.
“We are now formatting plans to be there again in January, February and March, with the intention of having a permanent coach there in the near future,” said Trumpet.
CIBA postpone four events this year and was also forced to withdraw from several regional competitions due to the COVID-19 pandemic causing cancellations.
In addition, CIBA plans to resume it’s fight night schedule within the first three months of 2021 and Trumpet said it is “very likely” to see a Brac boxer make an appearance in the ring “if everything go as planned”.