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Trinidad and Tobago Boxers

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By Reynold Cox

Trinidad and Tobago Boxing History

The first medalist Nathaniel Jones - Bronze Medal- Central America and Caribbean Games
Mr Jones took part in in the 1974 Central American and Caribbean Games in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic - February 27 - March 13 1974.He was beaten in the semi finals by Emeterio Villanueva of Mexico and captured the bronze .The games featured such great boxers as Mike McCallum ( Jam) and Teofilo Stevenson (Cuba).

In 1974 Mr Jones at (71kg) would take part in the 1st World Championships - Havana, Cuba - August 17-30, 1974. The Trinidad and Tobago team also featured Joseph Shepperd 51kg, Olive Nicholls 60kg, Michael Parssons 67kg, Eddie Johnson 75kg and Benjamin Sterling 81+kg all of whom lost in their fist bout in the preliminary round , Mr. Jones however had the best performance stopping Adri Huusen (HOL) in the first round then losing on points to Alfredo Lemus (VEN) in the quarterfinals just missing out on a medal , Lemus would go on to win the sliver medal in the Tournament.

Mr Jones would turn pro the next year, we see him having four bouts on boxrec between 1975 and 1979 but he is believed to have had many more fights. He is ranked number 10 by boxrec in the middleweight and 66 pound for pound of all time boxers in Trinidad anmd Tobago

At the writing of this article Mr Jones is the first known boxer to win an international medal for Trinidad and Tobago and the first boxer to win a fight in a World Championships.

The first Olympian Don Smith
It would be eight years after Nathainel Jones first won a medal at the CAC Games that Trinidad and Tobago would get another medal at an international Tournament at the Central American and Caribbean Games - Havana, Cuba - August 7-18 1982.

Trinidad and Tobago were represented by A. Assam 48kg, Don Smith 75kg, and Glen Noel 81kg. Assam lost in the quarterfinals to Hecto Diaz (DOM) while Smith lost to Bernardo Comas (CUB) who went on to win gold and Noel was stopped by the eventual Champion Pablo Romero (CUB).

Both Nole and Smith would leave the games with Bronze medals, while we do not see Noel’s name again in our records - Smith's names pops up again this time at the Pan-American Games - Caracas, Venezuela - August 14-29 1983.

He is the only know Trinidad and Tobago boxer at the event he defeats Glen Quocksister( CAN ) in the quarterfinals but loses in the semifinals to Alfredo Delgado (PUR) its enough to earn him his second international medal and a sure spot on the 1984 Olympic team.

At the Olympic Games - Los Angeles, USA - July 28 - August 12 1984, Smith is joined by Nirmal Lorick 57kg who was beaten by Park Hyung Ok (KOR) , Smith moved up to 81kg and lost to Kevin Barry(NZL) both losses came in the first round.

The First Finalist Anthony Joesph
After the success of Don Smith at the CAC and Pan Am Games much was expected from our local boxers .In the Central American and Caribbean Games - Santiago de los Caballeros, Dominican Republic - June 24 - July 5 1986 Trinidad was represented by three boxers Percy Bayley 60kg ,Ricardo Inniss 71kg and Anthony Joesph 67kg both Bayley and Inniss lost their first bouts by kO but not so for Joesph .

In his first bout he beat Alex Carrillo (COL) 4:1 and then Justo Aguirre( PUR) 3:2 in the semifinals
before bowing out to Luis Hernandez( CUB) in the final. He was the first boxer from Trinidad and Tobago to reach a final at the CAC games .

One year later at the Pan-American Games - Indianapolis, USA - August 8-23 1987 he was not so lucky and went out early to Rey Rivera (PUR) in the first round as did his team mate at the games Learie Bruce who lost to Francisco Avelar (ELS).

Trinidad and Tobago Boxers