Yama Bahama - Great Grand Uncle - Boxer

Yama Bahama was a durable, willing mixer who was able to shift his style to offset his opponents. His aggressive style and personality made him a big fan favorite with fans both at home and in the arenas of Miami, Detroit and New York. Yama was also a big fan favorite nationally because of his numerous television appearances and the class he exhibited in every fight.

Bahama was inducted into the Florida Boxing Hall of Fame in 2010.




Melvin Bratton - Cousin - NFL

Melvin Torrance Bratton (born February 2, 1965) is a former American footballrunning back and current sports agent. Bratton attended the University of Miami, where he played running back and starred in the national championship game at the 1988 Orange Bowl against Oklahoma, where he blew out his knee.

He was subsequently drafted by the Miami Dolphins in 1988, yet did not make the team and was drafted again in 1989 by the Denver Broncos and played for two seasons though never really recovering from his knee injury. -




Cyril Smith - Great Grandfather - Bodybuilder and Boxing Referee

In fact, 1950 was the year that the first Mr. Bahamas contest was organized. The fab physique of Cyril Smith beat out those of Hubert Wong and Calvin Pinder as the country's love affair with big muscles began with a bang. However, it wasn't until 1962 that the BahamasBodybuilding Association was founded by Wong, Richard Demeritte and Edison Deleveaux.




Lonnie Hepburn - Cousin - NFL

Def Interceptions Fumbles Tackles
Year Age Tm Pos No. G GS Sk Int Yds TD Lng PD FF Fmb FR Yds TD Tkl Ast Sfty AV
1971 22 BAL 43 3 0 0
1972 23 BAL RCB 43 14 0 1 14 0 14 0 6
1974 25 DEN db 43 14 4 2
Career 31 4 1 36 0 22 0 8



Danny Smith - Grand Uncle - Track champion and Olympian

World record holder, NCAA record holder, NCAA champion, and three-year All-American, Danny Smith, the brilliant hurdler from the Bahamas, rewrote the Florida State track record book. Smith became one of the world's greatest indoor hurdlers over his FSU career from 1973-75. He became the first in NCAA history to win back-to-back NCAA Championships in the 60 yards hurdles in 1974 and 1975. As a sophomore, he tied the world record in the 50 yard hurdles at 5.8 seconds. Over his final two seasons he either tied or set NCAA marks in both the 60 and 70 yard hurdles. Smith left FSU as owner of seven school records. He coached the FSU hurdlers following his intercollegiate career.




Gomeo Brennan - Cousin - Boxer

Because Gomeo Brennan -- a former middleweight boxing champion of the British Empire -- loves nothing more than to talk for a few hours about his craft.

He is 45 now, but only about 20 pounds heavier than the night in 1971 in Miami Beach when he fought for the light-heavyweight championship of the world, only to lose on a 13th round TKO.

This is a man who used to ride a bus with Muhammad Ali to sparring sessions in Miami Beach.

And, if you look in the trunk of his car, you`ll find an old pair of boxing gloves that he uses on days when he gets a chance to work out.


The Lineage of Eugene Cyril Smith III (aka Geno). I could imagine the stories he was told growing up. He seemed to have shared a common family trait, learning through self-effort.

GO Chiefs

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