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November 30, 2012
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Shrimpy Clarke, Bunny Grant to be honoured at Rumble

( L - R ) Bunny Grant, Richard Clarke

In a double celebration of Jamaica's 50th and SportsMax's 10th anniversaries, the media entity will honour two of Jamaica's most outstanding boxers to have fought on local soil, George Leslie 'Bunny' Grant and Richard 'Shrimpy' Clarke, at the Wray and Nephew Rumble on JamRock Title fight on December 8 at the National Indoor Sports Centre.

Rumble on JamRock will feature Jamaica's Nicholas 'The Axeman' Walters, who will join the elite circle of Jamaican boxers to challenge for a world title on home soil, as he contends against Colombia's Daulis Prescott for the WBA world featherweight title. In light of this, SportsMax will reward two men who have paved the way for Nicholas historically.

Grant has the honour of being the first Jamaican to fight for a world title on home soil when he contended for the World Boxing Council (WBC) and the WBA light welterweight titles, on April 18, 1964. Clarke later followed as a challenger for the WBC world flyweight title on September 7, 1990, conceding the title to Thai WBC champion Sot Chitalada, after his famous 11th round knockout.

Bunny Grant has represented Jamaica in eight world championships in the lightweight and welterweight divisions over a 15-year boxing career. In that time he has garnered several international boxing titles, including the Latin American junior welterweight title and the British Empire lightweight title (renamed the Commonwealth title), rounding off his professional career with 86 wins, 10 losses and 6 draws.

Shrimpy Clarke, on the other hand, has contributed to Jamaican boxing both in and out of the ring. In addition to being the holder of several international boxing titles including the Central American and Caribbean Boxing Title (1985), the Commonwealth Flyweight Boxing Title (1986), and the International Boxing Council Flyweight Title (1992), Shrimpy now provides training for upcoming Jamaican boxers at his downtown Kingston gym establishment, the Stanley Couch Gym.

For those who want to join the Rumble, tickets are available at Wyndham Kingston, all Western Sports locations and select Total gas stations. Tickets cost $3,500 for general admission and $6,500 for ringside VIP (food and drink inclusive). Gates open at 5:30 p.m. with a six-fight card that includes the Wray and Nephew Contender 2011 Champion Rikardo Smith, along with two female title bouts ahead of the main WBA Title event at 10:30 p.m.

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