Team Jamaica and Team Canada move into their fifth “Best of the Best” Wray and Nephew White Overproof Rum Contender Boxing Series fight at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium tonight beginning at 8:30 pm.
Canada-based Team Jamaica boxer Gregory Miller and Frank “The Hitman” Cotroni, Team Canada’s most experienced gloveman, are expected to share five rounds of lively action as they go bounding across the 20-square-foot ring in search of a cut of the $3,000,000 and the title of Jamaica’s ultimate junior middleweight contender.
The evening’s programme is a three-fight card with two amateur bouts being fought over three rounds each.
While much is not known of the unranked Miller, as a professional fighter he has lost his only pro bout.
Cotroni has the most impressive record among his Canadian counterparts. At 32 years old, he has 11 wins against 8 defeats with one draw. Cotroni has scored five KOs in his 11 wins and was knocked out four times in his eight defeats. He is Team Canada’s number four seed.
Cotroni has gone past the stage of being a rising star in the pro ranks, and as such the Montreal native has put together a relatively solid career in boxing.
Miller, who migrated to Canada, sees his inclusion in the Contender Series as a golden chance to show the local audience the level of improvement he has made since his amateur days.
Up to this point in the “Best of the Best” Series patrons have received high levels of entertainment from the ring. And with another four fights remaining to finish the first round of eight preliminary fights, the Contender Series could now be heading for its most successful Contender production yet.
Promoters have been highlighting the event, featuring vivid aspects of the Contender Series.
Organisers say the first kept a full-sized crowd on its feet at Colonel Cove in Morant Bay in St Thomas, while the second had a similar impact at Island Village in Ocho Rios. They say the third at Treasure Beach in St Elizabeth was the largest turnout.
The Wray and Nephew Contender Series county-hopping promotion closed off in Kingston at the company’s football grounds on Spanish Town Road.