First Jamaica Regiment top army boxing champs
"Our hard work paid off" said Corporal Gilbert Vaz, the head coach of the First Jamaica Regiment Boxing Team, (1JR) recently, after his team scored a runaway victory over seven other teams in the 2016 edition of the Military Boxing Championships, that were held at the Jamaica Defence Force Polo Field at Up Park Camp.
They ended up with 41 points, while the runner-up team, Support and Services Battalion scored 24, Second Jamaica Regiment (2JR) finished third, with 22 and Third Jamaica Regiment (3JR) had 21 points.
The three nights of competition produced excellent boxing, and the consensus was that the finals produced the best boxing seen in many years in this annual competition.
The First Jamaica Regiment team reached the finals in five weight classes and won gold medals in three. Private Orlando Clacken defeated Private Odane Johnson to take the bantamweight title, Private Todd Milford was crowned welterweight champion when he defeated Private Shane Brown, and Private Rolando Rattray took the middleweight title with a victory over Corporal Anthony Allen.
The boxers who stood out in the competition were welterweight Milford, middleweight Rattray, and light welterweight Alrick Laing. They showed good boxing skills in their title winning efforts, and Private Milford put not only his skills but his punching power on display, in defeating Private Shane Brown in the finals. He was voted the Most Outstanding Boxer of the tournament.
Corporal Aba Douglas defeated Private Marvin Shea to take the lightweight title, SPR Khamui Barrett defeated Private Pedro Edwards to take the light heavyweight title, Lance Corporal Rushdane Plummer outpointed Private Ryan Fletcher to take home the heavyweight title and in the entertaining super heavyweight contest, Lance Corporal Frank McKenzie scored an impressive victory over Second Lieutenant Oshane Harris, who to the delight of the large crowd, was awarded the prize for the Most Gallant Loser. First Jamaica Regiment coach Edgar Urbine was crowned the Best Battalion Coach.
The boxers and their coaches were praised for their excellent performances by Chief of Defence Staff, Major Antony Anderson, who commended them on the hard work they had put in over several months, so as to produce a memorable tournament, and " certainly one of the best" that he had seen.