Monday, April 15, 2019
By RENALDO DORSETT
Tribune Sports Reporter
THE main event of Backyard Rumble - Part II ended prematurely, much to the chagrin of fight fans.
Bahamian heavyweight Sherman “Tank” Williams was awarded a win by technical knockout just 30 seconds into his bout against Stacey Frazier of the United States.
Frazier complained about a hand injury and withdrew. Williams, now the Universal Boxing Organisation UBO Inter-Continental heavyweight champion, improved to 42-15 and has won his last five bouts.
Just days prior to the fight, Williams learned that Frazier would replace his original opponent, Orlando “Knockout” Farias of Argentina, due to another apparent hand injury.
Frazier, 49, now has a record of 16-22 and has lost his last seven bouts.
Hosted by Bahamian Sons Sports and Entertainment, the event featured several bouts between local fighters and visitors from Jamaica.
Tyrone Oliver continues to set his course as a rising star in the sport and improved to 2-0 after his first round stoppage over Tureano Nicols of Jamaica.
Oliver made his pro debut during the first Backyard Rumble event last May with a win over Justin Sawyer. Jamaica’s Chad Richardson won via split decision over Israel Johnson, Alando Lewis (JAM) won by unanimous decision in his pro debut over over Chino Sherman (BAH), Kyre Woods (JAM) defeated Malik Glinton (JAM) via first round stoppage and Ramel Lewis (JAM) defeated Shayan Shabab (MEX).
In 2013, Williams 46, got into promotions with Bahamian Sons and having gone through the process as a boxer, he’s following in the footsteps of a number of professional boxers who control their own destiny to provide the options and the opportunities that they had. They hosted their first event last year in Grand Bahama. “I think this is going to be the beginning of something new, not only here in Nassau, but throughout the Bahamas. I think we have the ability with all this local talent to produce some regular local programming and sports entertainment and to get all of the islands familiar with the fighters again.”
He said the Bahamas always had the “goods,” but it’s all about building a solid platform for them to harness their professional skills in their own backyard. “I expect these events to have a massive effect and I feel that it is my obligation and duty to create a platform for the fighters coming after me,” he said, “The talent is here, not everyone wants to run track and play basketball I just want ppl to embrace this talent we have out there.”