Team Jamaica number two seed Richard “Frog” Holmes is all set to open his 2017 campaign in the Wray and Nephew White Overproof Rum Contender Boxing Series with a win tonight at the Chinese Benevolent Association. Action is set to start at 8:30 pm.The three-fight card will open the evening’s programme with two amateur bouts over three rounds. This will be followed by half-an-hour of Wray and Nephew organisers’ rib-tickling entertainment and giveaways.
The main event, featuring Holmes and Canadian Mike Breton over five rounds lasting three minutes each, is set to take centre stage at approximately 9:45 pm.
Holmes, 28, finished second in the last two Wray and Nephew White Overproof Rum Contender Series and is one of the most consistent performers in the series. He opens his challenge for parity in the fourth fight of the 2017 series against Breton, an unranked member of Team Canada.
Team Jamaica holds a narrow 2-1 lead over Team Canada after three fights of the eight-fight championship, which began on April 5.
Holmes, who fought in the 147 lbs weight class last year, has now moved up to his natural weight class of 154.
The Jamaican gloveman has a fairly decent ring record of 13 wins with four knockouts and seven defeats from 20 professional fights. Breton has an impressive history of boxing as an amateur. But as a professional, his record of four fights with one win is not impressive.
But do not be fooled by his professional record. Each of the Canadian boxers has been more than capable of holding their own against the local opposition, and another keen battle is expected.
The seventh Contender Series is being promoted as the “Best of the Best” Series between Jamaica and Canada, and proceedings to date, have lived up to its promise with three fights completed.
The first prize of two million dollars and the title of Jamaica’s junior middleweight Contender Series champion beckon.
Next week, Frank Cotroni of Team Canada and Gregory Miller of Team Jamaica are slated to cross swords in the fifth bout of the campaign.