Dear Sir,Firstly I would like to congratulate Teresa Perrozzi for her victory last Saturday evening. I know the amount of work and dedication it takes and the amount of time and effort she must have put in to achieve her success.
Wish you much success in your future bouts and making Bermuda proud!!
Now my disappointment. I arrived back on the Island mid-week and really was looking forward to going to support the event but unfortunately it had been advertised “sold out” .No problem ,not the end of the world and just looked forward to a victorious result the next day.
Now my major disappointment. I also read that the card was limited to 18 years and older, Nnot to mention a public school.
I have a major problem with this. I guess it was the late 70s, 80s (Under-18) that some of my fondest memories were looking forward to the boxing cards held at BAA Clubhouse on a fairly regular basis.
It was a big night when my father would get the tickets and we so looked forward to the fight night. In those times the card regularly featured the eventual pros Clarence Hill and Troy Darrell (whom we followed throughout their amateur and professional careers, attending mostly all of their fights in the USA as did hundreds of other Bermudians.
Oh what great trips to Madison Square Garden and Atlantic City to watch these guys fight. What dedicated disciplined athletes.
I remember the late Ray Smith what a great person so skilled in all sports (as are the majority of that Smith family), and I mean a multitude of sports! Not to mention being someone I looked up to as a head prefect in Saltus. What a talented sportsman, student and mentor .
Then there's my best friend in school, Norman De Silva (another great boxing talent). Oh we got up to some mischief but always carried ourselves with respect and dedication, especially under the influence of Dr. Zac Marshall as our headmaster. We had no other option.
These days led me on to box myself, albeit for a short while on cards also at BAA organised by a great bunch of guys which kept us focused under the reins of Chuck Renaud sr and JR. Oh how they also loved the sport and were willing to help anyone.
So in closing, the moral of my story is how can we possibly discourage kids under the age of 18 at these events? The people above certainly helped guide and show me what hard work, dedication,consistency and discipline can achieve as far as results. We need to have the younger kids there to maybe show enthusiasm and willingness to give it a try.
If this was so, there may not be so many shootings, stealing, drugs and gangs running rampant in our society today. There weres none when we were coming up and whatever that was out there these people and mentors helped us steer clear.
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