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Another night at the fights

Tough-talking ‘Police’, ‘Shaka’ square off for last semi-final spot

BY HURBUN WILLIAMS Observer writer

Wednesday, June 04, 2014    

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DONOVAN 'Police' Campbell and Christopher 'Shaka' Henry will decide the final semi-final place in the 2014 Wray & Nephew Contender Boxing series Welterweight title fight when they contest the last quarter-final round match at the Chinese Benevolent Association Auditorium tonight at approximately 9:40.

Campbell, winner of the 2012 edition of the Contender Boxing series and representing Team Jamaica, took an easy passage over Anthony Osbourne representing Team Caribbean to reach this stage of the contest by unanimous decision, while 'Shaka' Henry, representing Team Caribbean, took his place among quarter-finalists after querying his defeat against Team Jamaica's Glenroy 'Bumpy' Beckford and had the decision rescinded in his favour.

This was after the appeal panel reviewed the tape of the fight that showed in the third round after two hard blows to the head of Beckford from Henry, that the former fell forward and his gloves touched the canvas. This, according to the rules of boxing, should have been ruled a knockdown and given a mandatory eight count and have a point taken away from him.

When that point was deducted, Henry became the winner by a 57 to 56 points decision. The Appeals Board therefore awarded the fight to Henry by unanimous decision.

Tonight's showdown will be much more than a grudge match as Henry will want to join his fellow Caribbean competitor Howard 'Battersea Bomber' Eastman as the remaining shining light for Team Caribbean, while former winner Campbell will not want to be left out of the privilege to join his fellow Team Jamaica colleagues Tsetse Davis and Sakimo Mullings in the semi-final to go in search of the attractive winner's prize of $2 million and becoming the winner of the 2014 Wray & Nephew Contender title and the right to be called Jamaica's ultimate welterweight boxer.

Sixteen boxers from Jamaica and the English-speaking Caribbean started out gunning for the major share of $3 million in prize money. After tonight's battle, only four will remain standing, and within a three-week span, all the din and uproar will be a thing of the past.

Campbell, who looks to be in much better shape than he was against Osbourne, has been talking tough coming into tonight's fight. "People have been saying that I cannot win the Contender belt again. But I am going to let my fists do the talking and show everyone that I mean business. Nuh bwoy can stop me. 'Shaka' needs to go back home and I'm going to send him there," he said.

Henry, when asked for comment on his meeting with Campbell, said: "I've heard about Donovan and am really looking forward to fighting him. He is a great competitor and may the best man win."

Campbell, aged 45, stands at 5' 9" and should enter the ring at a body weight of between 145 and 147lbs. Henry, 39, stands at 6' 1" and a fighting weight around the same as Campbell.

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