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Mayhem Foundation, YMCA partner for boxing camp

BY SANJAY MYERS Observer staff reporter

Thursday, August 23, 2012    

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COMMONWEALTH Zonal middle-weight boxing champion Sakima Mullings and four other fighters signed to Jamaica Genesis Entertainment and Willie Yap Promotions launched the Mayhem Foundation: Fighting For A Cause event at the YMCA auditorium, Hope Road yesterday.

The charity event, which integrates a August 22-23 summer camp, sees 60 youngsters aged five to 14 years old being introduced to the various careers in the sport of boxing as well as proper nutrition and hydration.

The other fighters working alongside Mullings are 2011 Contender Series finalist Devon Moncrieffe, Anthony Osbourne, Rudolph Hodge and Tsetsi Davis.

Proceeds from their fights will be given to selected charity groups.

Chris Brown, the head of Jamaica Genesis Entertainment, said the aim is to give back to communities, help to develop young prospects, broaden the pool of potential boxers and to heighten the profile of the current fighters.

"It (the event) is the chance for the boxers to give back something. They are in tuned with that. It will also help to get the boxers to become a household name for people to see them in a different light from the savagery of the ring.

"Basically what we are looking at is having the new breed of boxers coming out to see that they could be successful at it also. We would like to do more of this. What we are trying to do is go into a lot of different communities and do the same thing. We never know where we are going to find the next world champion," he said.

Aside from being renowned for facilitating the development of young swimmers, the YMCA organisation provides skills development in various sports such as badminton, table tennis and the martial arts discipline of taekwondo.

YMCA's executive director Sarah Newland hailed the partnership with the Mayhem Foundation and noted that it augurs well for youngsters who have dropped out of the school system.

Newland called on Brown to put plans in place to allow the YMCA to add boxing to the activities they provide at their Hope Road base.

Meanwhile, Mullings said it will be a challenge for he and his colleagues to pass on what they know to the youngsters over the two-day camp.

"The developmental skills are important (and) the fundamentals of boxing and basic skills like stance and jabbing. It's a tall order for two days, but we hope that we'll be able to get all these things in," said the former Contender Series semi-finalist, while adding that opportunities are available as managers, trainer, in administration, promotion and refereeing.

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