Davis or Mullings?

Contender champ to be determined tonight

BY HURBUN WILLIAMS Observer writer

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

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PRE-FIGHT favourite Sakima Mullings and underdog Tsetsi 'Lights Out' Davis will go gunning in the recess chapter of the ongoing Wray & Nephew Contender Boxing series saga for the well-sought-after title of Jamaica's Ultimate Welterweight Boxer 2014 over 10 rounds.

The confrontation for the additional prize money of $2million will take place at the National Indoor Sports Centre tonight.

Start time is scheduled to begin at approximately 9:40 pm with the live show and amateur boxing segment set to begin at 7:30 pm.

Following easy preliminary passages to the grand final, both boxers then faced better quality opposition in the semi-final stages of the contest when Mullings hammered out a predatory TKO decision over Donovan 'Police' Campbell in four rounds.

Davis, on the other, who reached the final in last year's middleweight division, showed grit and determination to again make it to the Wray & Nephew Overproof Rum-sponsored Contender Boxing series in consecutive years: This time by being plucky and tactful to turn back a tough and resilient Howard Eastman over eight rounds to cement his place.

In his pre-fight comments, Davis said: "I'm confident, I'm focused and I'm ready to show Jamaica why my name is Tsetsi 'Lights Out' Davis. I'm so grateful for the opportunity for another shot at winning Contender and I promise you I'm going to be the winner at the end of the night."

Mullings, the master tactician, was even more confident of victory by stating unreservedly: "The entire season I've been telling my fans that I had unfinished business and come July 9 (tonight) I'm finally going to finish what I came here to do and that's to be the next Contender."

This is by far the toughest fight for both fighters all season and both are aggressive boxers who are terrific punchers. Looking how this confrontation could unfold in the heat of the night should Mullings withstand the expected barrage from Davis in the opening four rounds, then it could be lights out for Davis hereafter.

Davis, 35, did not show any stamina limitations in last year's Contender final, but should he remain standing after the expected kerfuffle of the first four rounds of the fight, then he will have to face the music of Mullings.

Mullings, the younger of the two at 31, showed on last that he is in good mental and physical trim and could bring that into play to go all the way if not stopping the contest before.

Mullings also showed that he could take a punch as he did against Campbell in his semi-final fiasco, but he was only jolted. In this final clash the opponents are like chalk and cheese and a repeat of such a punch from Davis it could be 'Lights out' for Mullings, as Davis is no powder puffer, and he does belt you when he connects.




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