Jamaica Boxing Board (JBB) Basic Secretary Leroy Brown has paid tribute to his brother Keith, veteran sports activities broadcaster and boxing promoter who handed away on Monday. Leroy remembers Keith as a multifaceted skilled.
Keith, who was additionally a former JBB president, died in New York whereas battling an sickness. He was 83 years previous.
Whereas Keith had many roles throughout his lifetime as a journalist, broadcaster, and musicologist, he has been celebrated for his work within the development of boxing within the island. Leroy says that in his tenure as JBB president, Keith performed a task in serving to to enhance the usual of boxers, in addition to the coaching of officers.
“He had fairly an affect, first as vp, and as president,” Leroy informed The Gleaner. “As president, the main target was on the expansion of the boxers and he spent lots of time attempting to get boxers correctly educated and to get extra promotions in Jamaica. That was the place his emphasis was throughout his presidency.”
The brothers shared a love of the game and all through their a few years working collectively, Leroy mentioned that he may all the time rely on Keith for steering and assist.
“We had been our personal extreme critics,” Leroy mentioned. “I’d criticise him, he would criticise me in a constructive method, and if I see him falling down, I’d push him up and he would do the identical with me. We actually labored with one another and grew with one another.”
Keith’s contribution to the game included his presentation of the tv sequence ‘Thursday Evening At The Fights’ aired on the Jamaica Broadcasting Company, now Tv Jamaica. Moreover, he helped with the staging of the Wray & Nephew Contender Sequence from 2011-2018.
JBB President Stephen Jones mentioned that among the many many traits Keith had was not solely his appreciation and love for folks, however his meticulous work ethic in each facet of Jamaican boxing.
“To work with him was to actually know him,” Jones mentioned. “And what stood out from early to me was his consideration to element. His consideration to element was second to none and he held these round him to a really excessive customary. It was with this mindset that I’ve all the time tried to maintain on the forefront by way of whether or not we’re doing something [boxing-related].
“He had an enormous presence not simply in Jamaica however in all the diaspora. His presence, whereas it is going to undoubtedly be missed, it is going to all the time be felt as a result of the mark that he left was indelible. And his mark will all the time stay a cloth in Jamaican boxing, a minimum of. He has carried out different issues, however I believe his largest love, from what I’ve seen, was boxing.”