Coach’s hope for Antoine
The sky is the limit for Miguel Antoine, who captured the inaugural boxing title at the Caribbean Americas Zonal Championship earlier this year in Guyana.
Coach Timothy O’Brien, himself a former boxer, said Antoine could go even further given more training.
Antoine’s connections have arranged an exhibition bout with Canadian boxer Jason Harewood at the Wildey Gymnasium on July 3.
“It’s all about ranking; he is in the top 40 right now and, hopefully, if he wins this fight it will put him up in the top 20,” O’Brien said after a Press conference at the Ministry of Education’s Conference Room last Saturday.
The boxing coach, who revealed to the media that he met Antoine after looking for a place here in Barbados to train, said the first thing he noticed was that Barbadian boxers needed sponsorship, proper equipment and training.
It was then that he offered to lend a helping hand.
“They can’t get a lot of training here on the island but I feel if they had to get the kind of training necessary and the kind of equipment that boxers need, then boxers here would be much better.”
Acting Prime Minister Ronald Jones, before handing over the trophy, said there was still much work to be done to enhance boxing in Barbados.
He said there was a need to professionalise the approach to boxing and bring more youth to the fore to practice their boxing skills.
Jones added that he had been noticing the development of more “extreme forms of boxing”, like kickboxing, in Barbados and emphasized the need for the traditional form of boxing to be further developed. (CAT)