JBBC General Secretary hits back at critics of Contender Series

Report by RJRGLEANER Communications Group Sports Reporter Spencer Darlington

General Secretary of the Jamaica Boxing Board of Control Leroy Brown has refuted claims made by top local trainer Carl Grant and boxing promoter Paul Patmore about the relevance of the popular Contender Series which has ended after eight seasons. Even as he admits to shortcomings, Brown is adamant the sport has profited from the competition.

Following comments recently that the eight year Contender Series did more harm than good to boxing locally, general secretary of the Jamaica Boxing board of control Leroy Brown has decided to weigh in on the subject. Brown who has responsibility for the professional aspect, labelled the comments as non-sensical.

Gleaner Sports Coordinator Rachid Parchment concurs with Brown but believes there was something missing. Coach Carl Grant suggested that not many of the boxers have gained professional contracts but Brown noted the impact the competition has had on several of the rising local stars.

The difficulty to bring in top boxers for other fights outside of the Contender Series was also a criticism from top local boxing promoter Paul Patmore but Brown put that claim down to ignorance. The long serving boxing administrator and international judge admits there is still an enormous amount of work to be done with the amateurs while Parchment is looking for a proper transitional phase.

Brown hinted that there will be one off shows similar to the Contender Series to aid in the development of local boxing in short order.



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