The T&T Boxing Association (TTBA) is celebrating 70 years since its formation in 1949 as the T&T Amateur Boxing Association (TTABA). In 2014, the TTABA was renamed the TTBA as was stipulated by the International Boxing Association (AIBA).
Prior to the formation of TTBA, all boxing was governed by the Boxing Board Act 1932 although it was created primarily for professional boxing. The terms and conditions of the Act did not cover the international guidelines for amateur boxing. Therefore, a separate association had to be formed in 1949 whose rules and conditions were aligned to international amateur boxing guidelines.
The formation of the TTBA in 1949 allowed for affiliation to AIBA, the American Boxing Confederation (AMBC), the T&T Olympic Committee (TTOC), and the Commonwealth Boxing Council. More importantly, it meant that boxers can vie to compete at the Olympics, Commonwealth Games and other regional and international amateur boxing events.
The mission of the TTBA is to: Discover, develop, enhance and promote all interest and opportunities that would generate the highest qualities and standards of boxing, to the benefit of the sport and all our citizens.
The vision of the TTBA is to: Achieve the highest standards for boxers, coaches, officials and administrators of all times in and out of the ring.
The TTBA constitution identifies nine objectives:
1. To develop, improve, promote and spread the sport of boxing in all forms within T&T in light of its educational, cultural and sporting values as an indication of AIBA statues as well as to initiate programs designed to support young athletes.
2. To organise its own national, regional and international competitions in accordance with AIBA regulations.
3. To ensure the safety and interest of all boxers.
4. To prevent any method, practice or action that could compromise the regularity or result of the competitions or other activity of the Association.
5. To safeguard the common interest of its members, and ensure mutual respect among themselves, towards the Association and AIBA.
6. To support and entertain a good relationship and to cooperate with AIBA.
7. To develop revenue in order to be financially independent, without conflicting with AIBA regulations.
8. To arbitrate disputes that could arise between members, taking into account the interest of the sport.
9. To that, the income and property of the TTBA shall be applied equitably towards the promotion of the objectives of the association.
Women and men amateur boxers have represented T&T with sterling performances in several major boxing tournaments, capturing 33 medals:
Pan American Games - three medals (one silver and two bronze)
2003: Dominican Republic - Kerston Manswell (silver 91kg)
1995: Argentina- Kirk Sinnette (bronze 71kg)
1983: Venezuela- Don Smith (bronze 75kg)
Pan American Women Championship - 11 medals (two silver, nine bronze)
2014: Venezuela - Chimere Taylor (bronze; Jamila Jones (bronze)
2009: Ecuador - Jamila Jones (bronze); Stephanie Allen (bronze)
2008: T&T - Stephanie Allen (silver); Chimere Taylor (silver); Jamila Jones (bronze); Lee Ann Boodran (bronze)
2007: Ecuador - Wendy Allen (silver); Jamila Jones (bronze); Chimere Taylor (bronze)
Central American Caribbean Games (CAC) - 15 medals (six silver; nine bronze)
2018: Colombia - Michael Alexander (silver 60kg); Nigel Paul (bronze 91kg)
2014: Mexico - Michael Alexander (bronze)
2010: Puerto Rico - Andrew Fermin- Silver 81kg; Tariq Abdul Haqq- Bronze 91kg; Aaron Prince- Bronze 69kg
2006: Colombia - Andrew Fermin (silver 75kg)
2002: El Salvador - Kerston Manswell- Silver 91kg; Denzil Salazar- Bronze 81kg
1998: Venezuela - Kirk Sinnette- Bronze 75kg
1993: Puerto Rico - John M. Penniston- Silver 75kg
1996: Dominican Republic- Anthony Joseph- Silver 67kg
1982: Cuba - Glen Noel (bronze 81kg); Don Smith (bronze 71kg)
1974: Dominican Republic- Nathaniel Jones (bronze 71kg)
Commonwealth Games - four medals (two silver, two bronze)
2014: Scotland- Michael Alexander (bronze)
2010: India- Tariq Abdul Haqq (silver 91kg)
2002: England- Kerston Manswell (silver 91kg)
1994: John M Penniston (bronze 75kg)
Although boxing does not command the financial support as other disciplines such as cricket and football, the TTBA continues to persevere with promoting and developing amateur boxing.
In December the Caribbean Boxing Championship will be held in T&T and it will be a good opportunity for members of corporate T&T to form a working partnership with the TTBA to ensure that local amateur boxers are provided with all the necessary support to not only showcase their skills of the sweet science but also get the opportunity to represent the country at the Olympics and other major boxing tournaments.