The failure of the Liberia Boxing Association to make boxing’s presence felt in the country is due to the lack of boxing rings, its president Solomon T. Davis said last Saturday.
In an interview with the Daily Observer, Mr. Davis said while there is a large group of young people interested in the sport, the association is hampered due to the lack of boxing rings; and is therefore appealing to the Ministry of Youth & Sports, interested Liberians and all to come to its rescue.
“It is high time that Liberians understand that if we don’t invest in our youths in sports we will never create the impact necessary to compete with their peers in Africa and in the world,” President Davis said. He pointed out that boxing has not received proper treatment; that boxers and fans have not been treated with any fairness with Liberia’s inability to provide what boxers need to practice their sport.
“We are all saddened by the death of boxing’s greatest athlete Muhammad Ali of the United States; and while we mourn his loss, we are at the same time using this period of mourning to call attention to what must be done to get good boxers for Liberia.
“Liberian boxers must be provided with the most basic necessities of their sport, a ring, gloves, skipping ropes, among others to enable them to practice their sport with honor,” President Davis said.
He said boxing is an individual sport through which a single boxer could earn a medal for the country in any competition. Davis said he is making this appeal to Liberians in the wake of the death of The Greatest Boxer that ever lived, Muhammad Ali.
He said Ali gave world boxing a global appeal that today, with names such as (Americans) Mike Tyson, Evander Holyfield, (Briton) Amir Kahn, (Filipino) Manny Pacquoi and the former world lightweight champion, Floyd Mayweather.
Davis said every year the LBA appeals to Liberians and friends of Liberia to assist the association with a ring, but without success. “We should not ignore appeals that can help our athletes gain the knowledge to better their sport and make the country proud,” Davis said.
He added with proper support Liberian boxers could do better abroad in the various divisions and to let the world know that “we are also ready to contribute our quota to develop boxing and other sporting disciplines.”