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Local boxer returns after first pro win
Barbadian-born professional boxer Cobia “Soldier” Breedy is calling for more local support as well as for the pictures of the island’s sporting personalities to adorn the Grantley Adams International Airport.
Breedy arrived home from Washington D.C. yesterday all smiles after winning his first professional fight on October 24 against American-born professional fighter, Thomas “The Animal” Herrera in what was a unanimous decision.
He told Barbados TODAY he has represented the country one hundred per cent and it was not too much to ask for such acknowledgement which was done in other countries.
“I have a shot at the world title belt, I just won my first fight and I have nineteen more fights to go and I am ready. I am working hard and I really want the support of the Barbadian people. I would like to see more pictures of athletes in the airport, not just me but other athletes that are doing well for the country. When I win the world champion belt, I want to come through this airport and see my picture up there,” the beaming 23-year-old said.
Just two months ago Barbadian bronze medallist Shane Brathwaite called for more recognition to be given to those athletes who helped bring glory to Barbados. The sprint hurdler, just like Breedy, called for an image of himself to be placed in the airport which the Minister of Sport Stephen Lashley said he agreed with and assured Brathwaite and other athletes who felt the same way that he would speak to the relevant authorities at the airport in order to grant the athletes their wish.
The former Princess Margaret student also called on the various sporting organizations including the Barbados Boxing Association to give athletes more exposure.
“Training in Barbados is fine but they need to get out because I trained here but getting to the next level was kind of hard because there are things we do here and then they are other countries in the same sport doing things differently, they stepping it up and we are still basic.
“When I moved to America and started training with my coach Floyd [Seymour] it was so different. I mean I have been around world champions, I have been around guys that I have been watching on television and now I am in the ring training with them and they like my spirit, they said I am a good guy, I can make it. So in order for athletes to get that exposure they need to go outside and the Olympics is coming up and we need to get that exposure to get at least a medal or something for boxing,” Breedy said.
He thanked the Barbados Boxing Association, the Barbados Olympic Association and his coach for supporting him and said now that he was back in Barbados he intended to visit his former school and the boxing gym to share and pass on the knowledge he has acquired while training in the States.
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