Sport

Davis pounds Richmond in Contender Boxing Series

BY HURBUN WILLIAMS Observer writer

Saturday, April 19, 2014    

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ANOTHER explosive and entertaining fight ended in favour of Team Jamaica as Tsetsi 'Lights Out' Davis hammered out a big unanimous points decision over Team Caribbean's Derick 'Dangerous' Richmond in a preliminary 2014 Wray & Nephew Contender Boxing series eliminator at the Chinese Benevolent Association Auditorium on Wednesday night.

It was the 10th career win for Davis from 13 pro fights, while Richmond, the Guyana Welterweight champion, was losing for the first time from five fights with three KOs and a draw.

Still seeming to be harbouring dreadful thoughts of last year's cruel loss, Davis, like an eagle, soared above himself with a command performance that propelled Team Jamaica into a dominant 4-1 lead over their Caribbean counterparts after five rounds of hectic competitive boxing.

Davis, with a 9-3 win/loss ratio, started watchfully against the hitherto undefeated Guyana Welterweight champion, but exploded in the later rounds to surprise his younger and less experienced opponent with some heavy punching.

The final result following six pulsating rounds was therefore not unexpected when ring announcer Oliver Hardie delivered the verdict in favour of Davis. Judges Clifford Brown, Keith Brown and Stephen Hodges all scored the bout 60-54, 58-56 and 59-55, respectively, in favour of Davis.

Neither boxer showed signs of being hurt but some real heavy punches were thrown and landed like an arrow that winged to its mark from both boxers.

Davis admitted that he had dominance over his opponent from the opening round. "Guess what, not everybody you can knock out. And if you chase and become careless maybe you in turn can get knocked out too. One time he caught me and took my foot away, but I did not show it. So 'nuff' respect to him, I have to come to Guyana to beat him one more time," Davis said at fight's end.

"Everybody remaining in the contest from Sakimo, 'Police', definitely 'Police' (Donovan Campbell), Eastman, the whole of them. And trust me not because Sakimo is my team mate it is going to be a good showdown," added an elated Davis.

Porter Reid, who has taken over coaching of Team Jamaica in the absence of Carl Grant, who is on an overseas boxing assignment, said that he was satisfied. "Tsetsi did his work. He went to school. Looked at what he had to do and did it. One thing I must commend the Guyanese boxer for is that he has an iron chin. Tsetsi caught him with some solid combinations and straight jabs and he did not waiver a bit," Reid added.

During this onslaught it appeared that Richmond showed signs that he was going to hit the canvas, but he sensibly got himself out of trouble by backing away to regroup.

Richmond, who fought out of his weight class and played the waiting game which Davis never fell for, said he was "not disappointed" with the result. "Tsetsi is a good fighter and probably next time I will catch him in my division."

Manager Andrew Boland stated flatly that his fighter was "not out-boxed but his delayed action when he should have been aggressive could have cost him the fight".

"He sat back and waited for Tsetsi to come, but Tsetsi was not suckered into that. Tsetsi is a very smart guy. He has been in a lot of battles and knows how to handle himself."

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