CABA welterweight gold medalist Joshua Fraser's hopes of attending this summer's Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan now rest with the executives of the jamaica Boxing Board of Control (JBBC), following his disqualification in the final of the National Boxing Championship at the Stanley Couch Gym on Saturday night.
The 25 year old Fraser is one of the country's best hopes of qualifying for the Tokyo Games based on his achievements over the past two years, where he won medals amongst some of the best amateur boxers in North,Central America and the Caribbean.
The 6 foot, 2 inch Canadian-based Fraser, the defending national welterweight champion faced Jameer Edwards out of Miami, who is 5 feet tall. In the final to crown the national champion, the bout was just 45 seconds into the first round,where the unorthodox left hand of Edwards caught Fraser below the belt which seemed TO HAVE hurt him .
Referee Kevin Stupart gave the boxer a ten count recovery period,but from there onwards, both boxers turned the fight into a wrestling match with the referee warning them several times about their tactics. Midway the second round, Fraser received a shocker when Stupart disqualified him for unsportsmanlike conduct and awarded the fight to Edwards.
Dewith Fraser, the father of Joshua and head coach of Jamaica’s teams to several box-offs over the past three years, was surprised by the action the referee took. Stephen “Bomber" Jones, president of the JBBC was also shocked by the decision.
Meanwhile, Leroy Brown, General Secretary of the JBBC, said the disqualification of Fraser will not hamper his chance of going to any of the three Olympic box-offs as the board will be selecting boxers with the best chances.