Grannum eyes Caribbean Cup at US Open
Middleweight Tashauna Grannum has come out of the woodworks for Jamaica's female combined martial arts team, which kick-starts action in this evening's Caribbean Cup at the June 29-July 2 International Sports Karate Association United States Open at the Coronado Resort in Orlando, Florida.
Grannum will team up with microweights, in-form Sheckema Cunningham and Marissa Jones, taking on the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. Female combined team mainstay, Subrina Richards, is being kept on ice for her ESPN-televised Night of Champions clash with International Taekwon-Do Federation 2015 World Champion Camila Canut of Argentina.
The 23-year-old graduate of the Norman Manley Law School was a 'tae kwon do baby', fighting from her eyes were literally at her knees. However, a bad back has limited her international appearances, fighting consistently around two years ago, the last being at the Gold Cup, which the Jamaicans lost to Germany on the same stage to which she returns this evening.
"Yes, I have been out for two years during which I was at law school so I couldn't get time out to travel and I was still ailing from a back injury," said Grannum, whose horn-rimmed glasses and meek demeanour belie her fierceness on the mat.
Looking forward to the team match after winning two of three bouts in 2015, Grannum said she is sure she will be able to last the distance but is wary of her recurring back injury.
"My condition could be better but at this point I think I will be able to manage the rounds. For the past couple of weeks we have been doing some conditioning so I am fit but still have to watch my back. Any wrong move could take me out of the fight," she pointed out.