Wednesday, October 10, 2018
By RENALDO DORSETT
Tribune Sports Reporter
BUTTONS Bridal and Formal Wear became the latest corporate sponsor to come on board for the “Last Dance” as pro boxer Meacher Major prepares for the final fight of his career.
Major is now scheduled to square off against Martin Anderson of Jamaica in an eight-round lightweight main event in the “The Last Dance” at the CI Gibson Gymnasium on October 27.
The event is co-promoted by Major Pain and I Fight Promotions.
Major described himself as in the “best shape of his career,” almost completely healed from last month’s minor injury which postponed the original date and prepared to put on a show before he exits the ring for good.
“Tommy Stubbs and Buttons has always been there for me for the past five years, he has also promoted two fights for me, Pain and Glory One and Two. I’d like to thank for coming on at the last minute to co-promote this event for us. This fight is it for me in the ring but I just want to focus on boxing and help some of these guys not take the route I went,” Major said.
“I’m looking forward to putting on a great performance. I’m happy with where I’m at. This is the best I’ve ever felt throughout my entire career before a fight. The fight is weeks away and I’m five pounds away from my fight weight. I feel great, I feel strong and I’m ready to put on a show.”
Major and Anderson first faced each other in April 2016 at the Caribbean Showdown, hosted at the Kendal Isaacs Gymnasium. In a super featherweight main event, Major secured a second round TKO.
“This is going be a great fight. He said the last fight against me he injured his hand, but I’m not taking him lightly even though we have been exchanging words over social media,” he said. “It may be a coincidence I feel, and a part of God’s plan for me to end my career a day before my birthday. My first professional fight was on my birthday, October 28, 2000, on the undercard of Ray Minus vs Quincy Pratt Final War.”
Tommy Stubbs of Buttons Bridal and Formal Wear said his company saw fit to give back to an athlete that has given so much to the sport and his community.
“Buttons Formal Wear has always decided to assist Meacher Major especially in his endeavour to take boxing to a new level. With his return to the ring Meacher asked our company to participate, my staff and I are delighted to support him, and look forward to assisting him in promoting boxing in the Bahamas,” he said. “We hope that the Bahamian public will come out and support him, because he deserves this and we hope that all of our followers come out to help and send Meacher off with a bang.”
The undercard will be highlighted by Bahamian pro Anthoy “Psycho” Woods against Neco Yeyo of Jamaica.
Several amateur bouts will also be on the undercard, featuring members of the Major Pain Boxing Club.
“My boys have been training since 2014 so this is going to be a great time for them to be seen and show their talent,” said Kato Ferguson, head trainer at MPBC. “We hope we can get more kids involved, any boys and girls that want to box come down to the gym at the Baillou Hills Complex and come get introduced to the sport.”
Chris Joy, CEO of I Fight Promotions, has also promoted events in other Caribbean islands and has now focused on the talent in the Bahamas.
“I’m glad to be here and to be a part of this great occasion. I Fight Promotions is looking forward to helping boxing in the Bahamas so this is just the first step of many we intend to do. We expect an exciting, impacting fight, but this is just a taste of what the Bahamas has to offer. Some of these fighters will be coming from Jamaica and shows will feature fighters from the US and Jamaica,” Joy said. “I have a very special interest in the Bahamas. I came here a few years ago and saw great talent in boxing.”