Monday, August 07, 2006



Photo with David Dakers

Sunday, August 06, 2006

MEET DAVID DAKERS

Meet David Dakers
David Dakers, former middleweight boxing champion of Belize!

Dakers Was One of the Best In Boxing’s Heyday

Although he retired from boxing over 25 years ago, David Dakers, 58, is still the holder of the middleweight championship belt in Belize.

Dakers became the middle weight champion in 1972 when he defeated the defending champion, Gilly Dunn, by unanimous decision. The bout --10 rounds-- was held at Bird’s Isle. Dakers had Cyril Davis and “Big Willie” in his corner.

With an impressive record of 40 wins and 6 losses Dakers had a good career as a professional boxer. He won his first professional fight in 1970 by beating a Mexican and he beat another Mexican the following year for his second victory.

In 1974 Dakers successfully defended his title against Hurrican Bowser by getting a unanimous decision in the bout of 10 rounds.

In the next two years Dakers made a trip to Chicago and second to Miami. Dakers fought a black American boxer in Chicago and won the fight by technical knock out (TKO) after it was stopped by the referee in the 7th round because of a cut over the eye of Dakers’ opponent.

In Miami, Dakers fought Slick Mitchell, a black American boxer from Dundee Gym. Dakers knocked out Mitchell in the 7th round.

Not too long after he returned to Belize, Dakers fought “Tough Skin” Cameron, a Jamaican. The two of them fought three times and Dakers won two of the fights.

Dakers then went on to fight Ray Lee, the middle weight champion of Jamaica at the time. Lee won by unanimous decision.

Another tough opponent of Dakers’ was Carlos Mark, a Trinidadian, Mark knocked out Dakers in the 7th round.

Dakers also lost to Masaton Cabrera. His last fight was in 1981 in which he knocked out a Guyanese boxer in the 7th round.

Dakers trainers were Kid Broaster and Eckert Lewis.

After his last fight, Dakers migrated to the United States. He lived first in New York then he moved to Los Angeles.

Although he was not fighting any more, Dakers still kept himself in shape by working out regularly in the gym.

Dakers returned to live in Belize in 1997.

When asked what was his best offensive weapon, Dakers said it was his left jab and combination of right cross and left hook.

But even though Dakers does not throw punches any more, he has been working with the National Sports Council in an effort to try and revive boxing in Belize.

“Right now it is a hard fight to revive boxing because the support is not there,” observed Dakers.

Dakers is working with a dozen young inmates of Kolby Foundation who are in the Boot Camp section of the prison. He said he would like to have the kids he is t raining participate in a tournament but he needs help.

Dakers, a father of 9, is the son of former Mayor George Dakers.

Belize Times
Tuesday, June 6, 2006

SUPPORT BELIZEAN BOXERS

SPONSOR A BOXER THROUGH DAVID DAKERS. YOU CAN DONATE SOME GLOVES, A TRAINING HELMET, YOU NAME IT. ONE THING WE REALLY NEED IN BELIZE IS A BOXING RING. YOU CAN DONATE ANYTHING BY SENDING IT TO DAVID DAKERS AT THE BOARDING HOUSE...


This is Evan Belize, a friend and fan of the Dakers Family. I’ve been following David Dakers from the beginning of his career. As a boy, I sat on the Belize Times steps and watched David Dakers working in his father’s (Mayor Dakers) bakery. I was always told that that was part of his training. Kneeding dough can make you strong. I cracked this joke with him when I saw him on my visit to Belize from the States and he said to me, “Boy! that’s a long time ago. You still remember that???”

In Belize we have had many great boxers besides Dakers. My time was in the 60s. Now, in the year 2006 you see a lot of boxers from Jamaica, Cuba, Mexico, making it big in the U.S. and all around the world. But where are the Belizean boxers? Keep in mind, back when Dakers was fighting, he didn’t have television coverage. But back then, even going all the way back to boxers like Ludwig Lightburn, our boxers were taking on all these boxers from Jamaica all the way to Mexico and Cuba-- and they beat them! Even though it’s a new generation, some of these genes are still running around, so I don’t see why it seems like the Belizean boxers are not making it big. We should be up there too.

I noticed some years ago, after he beat Mike Tyson, heavyweight champion Lenox Lewis was with Prime Minister Esquivel on the front page of the Belize Times. I believe, the Prime Minister was proud of Lewis. So what I’m saying is, if we all get together, boxing can be big again in Belize.

I recently talked to a Nigerian boxer by the name of Moses, who resides in San Pedro, Belize. During our discussion he said, “I can’t believe that our government is not supporting boxers in Belize. I know it can be a big help.” And I understand exactly what he is saying, because during Dakers’ era, I remember the deputy Prime Minister, Lindy Rogers (who was the announcer for most of the fights that took part on Bird’s Isle) was a big boxing supporter, and also active in Dakers’ corner, in the sense of watching films with him. This I witnessed myself as a kid at Chad’s club which was owned by Henry and Evan Young. I can go on and on and on.

Some of you might be too young to know this. Sometime around 1963 Jamaica came out with what we called Pen Pal. Somehow it ended up in Belize. It said, “Sponsor a Person and help make their dreams come true.” Even my mother had a pen pal. It happened that her pen pal was a photographer who needed a camera. I still remember her name, the same as my mother’s, Gwendolyn. So what I am saying is, Jamaicans were looking for Belizeans to help them. That’s how good we had things back then!

Not so long ago, I was on the Skatalite bus talking with Dean Fraser, a sax player for Sonny Bradshaw and the magnificent Seven, who I’ve known since we were kids back in Belize. We started to talk about boxing. When I asked him for the boxers, Guiseppi (who has since passed on) and Lionel Cameron (better known as “Tough Skin” who did fight with Dakers three times) Dean mentioned to me, “Oh mann, Guiseppi and Cameron are in Jamaica, supported by the government, training kids for the Olympics.

That is what I am talking about. That can happen in our environment. Even if the government doesn’t help. It is very easy to do. We can do it. This is how. Remember I mentioned to you about a pen pal? Well, if you are a boxing fan, look for Belizean boxers on the web. Just “google” Belize boxing. All you have to do is pick a boxer. It’s not hard in Belize to find out their whereabouts.

That is exactly what I am doing. I am trying to sponsor the Nigerian boxer, Moses. And I am not rich. You don’t have to be rich to do it. You only have to care enough about the kids on the street. I discovered Moses on the web in an article in the San Pedro Sun. That was when he went 4 rounds and knocked out his opponant. I am encouraging people to sponsor other young boxers as I'm sponsoring Moses.

You can sponsor a boxer through David Dakers. You can donate some gloves, a training helmet, you name it. One thing we really need in Belize is a boxing ring. You can donate anything by sending it to David Dakers at the Boarding House:

Dakers Boarding House
#44 Gibnut Street
Belize City Belize Central America

If you want to know what is needed, send an email to: belizeanboxers@yahoo.com , or call 227- 0897. And, whatever you send for boxers through Dakers', it’s Custom Free! Or, of course, you can sponsor a boxer directly, on your own. Thank you very much.

Sincerely,
Evan Belize Trapp

Thursday, August 03, 2006

E-mail David Dakers

E-mail David Dakers at belizeanboxers@yahoo.com.