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#454171 - 12/26/12 02:43 PM Giving Purpose To "Boxing Day"
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Boxing day is on Wednesday. The term originated centuries ago in England where it is believed to have referred to a custom of the wealthy putting donations in boxes for their less privileged employee.

In Belize though, there actually used to be boxing matches on Boxing Day. Like the sport of Boxing in Belize that custom has faded away but one promoter wants to bring it back.

James Adderly has organized a ticket of international boxing bouts at the Biltmore Plaza Hotel for Wednesday, Boxing Day. A delegation from Mexico is coming to Belize to square off with the athletes from the Leopold Smart Boxing Gym.

We caught up with James Adderly, the organizer, beside the ring as they were making final preparations for the show tomorrow.

Here's what he told us about the event:

James Adderly - Organizer
"We have a big show planned. Belize vs. Mexico has always brought a lot of interest from the Belizean public, and we want to deliver the same excitement every time. So, you'll meet us here. That's our ring behind us. It has certainly cost a lot of money, and it has taken a lot of money and effort. But, it's ready; it's sturdy, and we've planned a very wonderful occasion. As we've mentioned before, we have 3 sets of tickets. We have ringside, which is $30, reserve which is $20, which means when you leave your seat, you can come back to it because it's yours. And then, we have general admission where you have to take care of yourself."

Daniel Ortiz "Sir, tell us about the Mexican delegation."

James Adderly
"The Mexican delegation, we've seen a couple of the fighters already. They certainly have scores to settle with us, and we have scores to settle with them, which makes for an interesting fight card, come Boxing Day."

Fight time is at 6:30 p.m., and if you're unable to make it, Channel 7 will be broadcasting it live.

Channel 7


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#454294 - 12/29/12 02:35 PM Re: Giving Purpose To "Boxing Day" [Re: Marty]
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BOXING FANS JAM BILTMORE ON BOXING DAY

The UBAD Education Foundation (UEF) celebrated the opening of Kwanzaa week at the UEF Library of African and Indian Studies yesterday evening, and the first principle was Unity (Umojaa in Kswahili). Shortly after, across the river and inside the Biltmore Hotel upstairs Riverhall room, Belizeans were united in their passion for boxing entertainment, and their support for Belizean boxers against visiting boxers from Chetumal, Mexico. James Adderley/Mahogany Productions promoted the fight card, and, according to ringside announcer Brian Mossiah, the sponsor was Belize Telecommunications Limited.

Tickets were sold out before the first fight got under way around 7:00 p.m., but the crowd that jammed the lobby eventually made their way in, causing the perimeter corridor between the walls and chairs to be blocked with eager spectators, and the atmosphere to approach ďovenĒ status, reminiscent of the infamous Civic Center. Nevertheless, it was an exciting night for approximately 400 to 500 boxing fans, who were just happy to witness a live boxing event, something that has been a scarce commodity for some time.

It was a 7-fight amateur card, featuring boxers from Chetumal against Belizean opponents, from the Leopold Smart gym in Belize City and Clinton Tuckerís Lionís Den gym in Ladyville. The bouts were scheduled as 4 rounds each, with 2 minutes per round. Referee in charge was Roberto Ordonez, and ringside physician was Dr. Michael Pitts.

Colin Lamb, 119 lbs, of Smartís gym lost a decision to Gaspar Gomez of Chetumal in the opener. Next was Harold Mariano, 144 lbs of Smartís gym, getting a unanimous decision over Julio Sandoval, 140 lbs, of Chetumal. The third bout did not take place, as Erick Tina Mai won by default over Simeon Lino. Anderson Portillo of Smartís gym won by a 2nd round disqualification of his Mexican opponent Jesus Pichales, who hit Portillo with a low blow. Alex Neal of Tuckerís gym won an impressive 2nd round TKO over Chetumalís Rojel Rojas. Undefeated Max ďPainĒ Williams of Tuckerís gym took his record to 15-0 with his 1st round TKO over Marco Gonzalez of Chetumal. And Sherman Galvez of Smartís gym ďpunched himself outĒ early and ended up losing a unanimous decision to Abraham Rojas of Chetumal to end the night.

The fans seemed happy with the night of boxing, and are looking forward to more regular promotions. If the support continues, a bigger venue will be needed, or a more powerful air conditioning system.

Amandala

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