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Team Jamaica Looks To Extend Lead In Contender Series

Team Jamaica Looks To Extend Lead In Contender Series

Posted by Shanelle Weir on April 16, 2014

Determined to keep the momentum going in the Wray & Nephew Contender 2014 series, Jamaica's Green team will be putting one of their top prospects, Tsetsi Davis, in the firing line tonight, against the Yellow team's Derick 'Dangerous' Richmond, from Guyana, at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium on Old Hope Road. There will be two preliminary bouts, starting at 8:30 p.m. and the main bout will be broadcast live on TVJ, starting at 9:30 p.m.

This is the fifth week of preliminary fights, and the Jamaica team now leads 3-1, as the field of 16 boxers, is whittled down to eight for the quarter-finals. These boxers started the quest for the Contender title 2014 and four major financial prizes on March 19. The winner will take home $2-million, second place $500,000 third $250, 000 and fourth $200, 000.

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Davis has been a popular participant in the series, and fought last year as a middleweight. He reached the finals then, but lost by way of a split decision, to Devon Moncriffe. With a record of nine wins and three losses, he is going into the ring with better credentials than his opponent, Richmond, who has three victories and a draw.

Davis is an accomplished boxer, who can dominate the fight at long range with his jabs, or at close range with his hooks to the body and head. He has been working hard to make the 147 pounds weight limit, and the word from his camp is that he will have no problem making it this morning. "We are ready to go, and will be making it back to the finals, this year," stated one of his trainers yesterday.

His opponent Richmond is an aggressive young boxer, who has been nicknamed 'Dangerous' because he is a power puncher, who has stated that he can take out an opponent with either hand. Davis could be vulnerable because he sometimes allows himself to be distracted by the crowd and plays to the gallery. If he does not maintain his focus and his composure tonight, he could find himself in trouble.

Davis has, however, made it clear, over the past few weeks, that his goal is for the top prize this year, and that no one will stand in his way. Richmond and his Caribbean colleagues are determined to get themselves another victory, so it should be another exciting night in the series, which is being sponsored by Wray & Nephew, Schweppes and TVJ.

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