Walls closing in on boxers Olympic bid

April 20, 2021
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Cristian Salcedo of Colombia (right) throws a punch to Ricardo Brown of Jamaica during the second round of their men’s heavy 91 kg semi-final boxing match at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, Tuesday, July 30, 2019.
File Cristian Salcedo of Colombia (right) throws a punch to Ricardo Brown of Jamaica during the second round of their men’s heavy 91 kg semi-final boxing match at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, Tuesday, July 30, 2019.
Jamaica’s Joshua Frazer (second left) stands atop the gold medal podium after beating Marat Gashimov (left) in the final of the Leszek Drogosz Memorial International Boxing Tournament in Kielce, Poland, on October 25, 2019.
Jamaica’s Joshua Frazer (second left) stands atop the gold medal podium after beating Marat Gashimov (left) in the final of the Leszek Drogosz Memorial International Boxing Tournament in Kielce, Poland, on October 25, 2019.
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The Olympic boxing qualifiers scheduled for Buenos Aires, Argentina, from May 6 to 17, was postponed for a second time last week, and the International Boxing Association (IBA) is now considering using a ranking system to qualify boxers, which would likely eliminate the majority of Jamaica's Olympic hopefuls.

Jamaica Boxing Board (JBA) president, Stephen 'Bomba' Jones, said the improvised qualification process is still being ratified by an Olympic task force and he hopes there will be an opening for non ranked local boxers to attend the event.

"We are still waiting on some more feedback from the Olympic Task Force. The process does not come down to us anymore apparently," he told STAR Sports.

"We had talks with all the boxing federations and from what we gathered from what the boxing task force was saying is that they are going to have to find a way to use ranked boxers.

"But there are few federations with rank boxers and they all have boxers they believe are talented enough to get a shot at the qualifiers.

"So there are questions to be asked and we wait until we have another update from the boxing task force," he said.

New system

Eight Jamaican boxers were down to compete in the qualifiers in Argentina, of which only super heavyweight, Ricardo Brown, will now be eligible to qualify under the new system.

Brown, won bronze medal at the Pan American Games in 2019 and was ranked 16th by IBA when the global health crisis brought sports to a halt.

But Jones hopes other locals representatives will get the chance to accompany Brown, if he makes the final cut, to the games.

"Fortunately we were able to have two ranked boxers of which only one was in our team selection, Ricardo Brown. So we are of the mindset that Ricardo Brown will be a showing," he commented

"At the moment it seems as if only Ricardo Brown will be showing, unless something else changes and we can come up with something that will allow us to have other representatives," he said.

He also believes welterweight Joshua Frazer, who has done well at number international tournaments, should be given special consideration, along with female boxer Lisa Fraser.

"Joshua would have boxed in different international tournaments before this but we don't know if we will be able to use this boxer.

"These are some of the questions we want to ask the mother federation so even though they are not on the IBA list of ranked boxers, maybe tournaments they have entered before could have given them enough points to be considered good enough to qualify.

"Female boxers do not have as many opportunities as the males. So if the female boxers can come up in the numbers of the men, an argument can be said that if they do not get a chance at the Olympics, their fights otherwise will be far in between for competitions where they can be recognised again,

"So we will be pushing on our part for Lisa Fraser and, hopefully, we will have better news in the coming weeks," he said.

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