Canadian boxing champ Steven “The Piranha” Wilcox successfully defended his belt while fighting for a cause during his recent title bout in Canada.
Mr. Wilcox retained his World Boxing Association-North American Boxing Association Super Lightweight title by defeating Oscar Arjona from Mexico in a unanimous decision.
A sports ambassador for Health City Cayman Islands, Mr. Wilcox is donating a portion of his fight purse to the Have a Heart Cayman Islands charity.
The match was presented by Three Lions Promotions at the Hamilton Convention Centre in Ontario on June 3 and Three Lions’ Dan Otter has also confirmed that the company will be donating all the proceeds from the event to Have a Heart Cayman Islands.
Have a Heart Cayman Islands partners with local and international organisations to subsidise and provide peadiatric heart surgery.
“With Steven’s generous commitment and continual efforts, he is helping to provide lifesaving heart surgery to children around the world,” said Nicola Banks, director of Health City Cayman Islands’ Canada Office.
Mr. Wilcox won all 10 rounds of the title match against a tough opponent in Arjona. The fight was a rematch between the two, following Mr. Wilcox’s loss in a controversial split decision in Mexico last December.
Mr. Wilcox dislocated his thumb in the seventh round after knocking Arjona down to the canvas twice. Mr. Wilcox used only his left hand for the remainder of the seventh round and the additional three rounds, putting one hand behind his back at one point in the eighth round to illustrate that he was fighting one-handed.
Mr. Wilcox was chosen to represent Health City Cayman Islands following a visit he made to Grand Cayman in January this year to participate in the Island Rumble boxing showcase, hosted by reigning World Boxing Organisation welterweight champion Manny Pacquiao.
While in the Cayman Islands, Mr. Wilcox toured the tertiary care facility and met with children who were receiving cardiac surgery with the support of Have a Heart Cayman Islands.
Mr. Wilcox also took the opportunity to learn more about the hospital’s expertise in sports medicine, and met with Dr. Niranjan Nagaraja, senior orthopedic surgeon at Health City Cayman Islands.
Health City Cayman Islands’ Canadian office, which is based in Mr. Wilcox’s hometown of Hamilton, works with its board of Canadian Board of Advisors to facilitate Canadian patients receiving healthcare services at Health City.