Tsetsi “Lights Out” Davis is ready to put Team Jamaica back in front of Team Canada when he trades blows with Team Canada’s Dave Leblond in the third fight of the preliminary bouts of the Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum Contender Boxing Series at the Chinese Benevolent Association in Kingston tonight.
At present, Jamaica and Canada are tied after two bouts with hosts winning the first.
Davis is the third-ranked Jamaican to win the title and will face the unranked Canadian Leblond over five rounds with hopes of moving on to stage two of the series.
Promoted as the “Best of the Best” Series, the most ambitious seventh staging of the Wray & Nephew Contender Series to date, eight Canadian quality fighters will oppose eight of Jamaica’s available best over four stages, with 16 boxers chasing 84 scheduled rounds to determine a winner.
Stage one and two of eight and four fights, respectively, will be fought over five rounds each, stage three and the penultimate stage two fights, will be over seven rounds each. The last two fighters left standing will go 10 rounds for the main prize of $2 million and the title of Jamaica’s Ultimate Junior Middleweight Contender.
Davis, a veteran of 16 wins and five losses from 21 professional fights, has always advanced beyond the preliminary stages of the series and will put his unenviable ring record on the line against the inexperienced, but capable Leblond will be contesting his second pro bout.
Before tonight’s fight, Leblond’s career ring record as a professional stood at one win from his four-rounder debut fight.
Despite his inexperience as a professional after making his debut as Super Featherweight in June of last year, Leblond is not expected to be a pushover in the princely art.
Davis, a vastly experienced fighter in the Contender Series, is making his sixth appearance and has already fought for the title in two finals. Appearing well tuned for the task at hand, Davis without declared: “This is my year to win the Contender title and bring it back to Jamaica.”
The Contender title was won last year by the American professional boxer, DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Coley, a former WBO, NABF and USBA light welterweight champion.
In the coming week’s Contender showdown, Richard Holmes, who lost to “Chop Chop” Coley in last year’s final, will open his challenge against Team Canada’s opponent, Mike Breton.
— Hurbun Williams