Basketball, swimming and track are among the most popular sports practiced on Abaco, but for the last few months Coach Daran Miller has drawn the attention of a group of young men who enrolled in his daily boxing training sessions. When he first started at the beginning of the year there were less than ten students. Now twenty young men have registered for Coach Miller’s boxing training.
They meet for practice early morning or late afternoon at the Murphy Town Park to participate in fitness exercises and learn the basic principles of boxing. Mr. Miller’s goal is to prepare them for inter-island competition, eventually in New Providence.
After four months of daily training, he selected a group of six young men aged eight to fifteen who will represent the first Abaco Boxing Team. These fighters are Jose Roldan who is 8 and his brother Antonio who is 15, Terran Albury, 10, Ruffus Martin, 14, Abraham Minns and Tyler Davis, both 15.
Coach Miller said that they were chosen for their manners, their determination and focus. “They are not quite ready for a tournament in Nassau,” explained the coach, “they still have a few areas they have to practice on, such as sparring, jabs and uppercuts.” But Coach Miller is non-the-less planning to enter them in a tournament within the next two months. They were to participate in their first sparring match and receive their first hit before the end of August.
Coach Miller has already ordered the uniforms that will be red and silver: the colours of the Abaco Boxing Club. Boots, gloves and mouth piece are to be supplied by the parents. The travel expenses are another obstacle for which he hopes to find sponsors. Coach Miller can be contacted at 456-2011.