One World Boxing Festival in Bermuda: Sport in the lives of youth
One World Bermuda Boxing Festival is held on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the National Sports Centre. In the main event Bermudian professional boxer Nikki ‘Nifty’ Bascome (6-0) goes up against Mexican Boxer David ‘El NeNe’ Rangel Gomez (12-5). The program comprises local amateur athletes Robert “King” Somner, Andre Lambe, Jaylon Roberts, Courtney Dublin and Matthew Tannock. The international Boxing Hall of Fame referee out of the Atlantic City, NJ, USA, Steve Smoger officiates the bouts.
“It is great to be part of this event in beautiful Bermuda. It’s a nice outside venue and it’s sold out,” Steve Smoger told fightmag.com.au on Friday. “It’s historic in that it is the first local boxing event on pay-per-view in Bermuda.”
The event is organized by Security Associates and Bermuda Boxing Federation (BBF)
“One of our goals was to ensure continuous opportunities for our member gyms and athletes to compete. This event will represent Bermuda’s first truly international boxing event”, said BBF President Nathan Dill.
“One World Boxing Festival signifies the value of sport in creating positive interactions among athletes worldwide. We are proud to host this event. BBF introduced the Youth Boxing Academy with the mission of introducing life skills needed to excel, while developing the art of boxing in Bermuda.”
“The primary goal of the BBF executive is to create partnerships with individuals and organizations that are passionate about the value of sports in the lives on the youth. Our sponsors for this event have taken the opportunity to show their support for our mission and for that we are grateful. In particular for that of our title sponsor, Security Associates, for our continuing partnership.”
“Our mantra at Security Associates is that Secure Families Mean Secure Communities. We are delighted to announce our partnership with the BBF for the One World Boxing Festival,” said Security Associates CEO Dr. Carlton C. Crockwell.
“With part proceeds directed to the Youth Boxing Academy and the Coalition for the Protection of Children, the benefits to our community have been well demonstrated. As the monies raised will go toward holistic development of our young leaders in the ring and the community – the future of Bermuda’s boxing community is assured through the Youth Boxing Academy.”
Coalition for the Protection of Children added that it is very pleased to be partnering with the Bermuda Boxing Federation. “We are glad that they are providing opportunities for young children to participate and develop in the sport,” said in press release.
“Boxing in Bermuda represents an opportunity for the community to come out and support our own. Our athletes have immense talent, and events like these offer the chance for our athletes to encounter talent that will increase their exposure and raise the bar,” added the event coordinator Melissa Looby. “Many of the local amateur boxers are following in the footsteps of athletes like Nikki [Bascome] and it the goal of BBF to increase the resources available so that nothing can hinder their growth.”