Sport

Campbell proves too good for Osborne

BY HURBUN WILLIAMS Observer writer

Saturday, April 26, 2014    

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Donovan 'Police' Campbell took advantage of a deep cut above the right eye of Anthony Osborne and took an easy passage into the round-of-eight of the 2014 Wray & Nephew Contender Boxing series with a unanimous decision at the Chinese Benevolent Association on Wednesday night.

The victory provided Team Jamaica with an unassailable 5-1 lead against Team Caribbean.

While the result supported the prediction and claim from Campbell before the fight that, "he never beat me, can't beat me, will never beat me," the fight was a terrible disappointment and a far cry from the level of promise that the five previous fights generated.

And as a result the six-round clash between the two old timers was a big disappointment as it ended in a stalemate with more bark than bite. Granted Osborne, Team Caribbean's Jamaican-born representative was star performer of the first three rounds for being the more aggressive in his approach. But Osborne, having suffered a deep cut above the right eye in the third round, it knocked the stuffing out of the clash and from then on, the remaining three rounds staggered helplessly through to the end with neither boxer doing very much to vindicate their presence in the $3-million contest.

Campbell sought to take advantage of his opponent's lack of effective activity by becoming more active but his powder puff patter-caking shots that seemed to be coming from the powder bowl arsenal and to add insult to injury with little telling response from Osborne it made it a very simple task for judges Keith Brown and Lindel Irons to score the bout 59-55 each, and Clifford Brown, 58-56, all in favour of Campbell.

It was a result that Campbell warmly applauded, although his punches against Osborne were considered weak and ineffectual. But this did not bother Campbell one bit, as he pointed out that he fought Ramel Lewis, (Richard) Holmes and they are two young stallions and still beat them and did not knock them out. "I ain't fraid ah dem, me no 'fraid a nobody."

"My punches might not have been effective but they scored same way and that gave me the fight."

Osborne said he was unhappy with the scoring of the fight as it was faulty. 'The 58-56 I thought was in line with what took place, but the 59-55 was way off and these judges need to go back to school. This scoring is the reflection of amateurs. These judges are amateurs and cannot score fights and a fighter is in jeopardy when they are allowed to score fights and it makes it bad for the whole sport.

"I thought that the fight was close coming up to the third round, but I got a cut and tried to protect the cut and that prevented me from throwing a lot of punches as I did in the first three rounds and I think that cost me the fight. At one stage I just could not see out of my eye and had to step back and that is why in the latter part of the rounds I could not do what I wanted to do."

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