Mullings delivers body blow to boxing board
The Jamaica Boxing Board of Control (JBBC) and its general secretary, Leroy Brown, are hampering the development of local boxing by not issuing licence, to local promoters , according to former Contender winner Sakima Mullings.
Mullings says that the board is trying to monopolise the sport and is denying promoters the opportunity to promote fights locally, especially as it relates to international title bouts.
"I am one step away from being a world champion, but every time I get a big fight, I have to go to Guyana, go to Ghana, to Africa. I have to go to all these foreign places and fight champions on their soil on their turf, but if I fought the fight here in Jamaica, I would be champion," he told Star Sports.
"Leroy Brown and the sponsors must allow the fights to happen. It's Leroy Brown that is stopping the fights from happening in Jamaica.
"Promoters don't even have an opportunity to promote because they cannot get a licence from the board. It's only in November the board released some licences and before that, it had been three to four years since they had released a license," he added.
Mullings says that it is very expensive to promote a professional international bout and that the Stephen 'Bomber' Jones led-administration is denying promoters licences in an effort to protect their sponsors from the financial burden.
"Sponsors don't want to spend that money to host a championship fight here because they are expensive and they don't want to spend that money," he said.
Brown, when contacted by STAR Sports promised a full statement on the matter at a later date.