Two Canadian boxers will clash for one of the three remaining places in the semi-final round of the Wray and Nephew White Overproof Rum Contender boxing championship today, on a three-fight card at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium beginning at 8:30 pm.
Phil Rose, the Team Canada number one seed, will clash with his unseeded teammate Dave Leblond over five rounds, to earn the right to move into the semi-final round there to join Jamaica number one seed Sakima Mullings, who book the first semi-final spot by outpointing Canadian Larone Whye a week ago.
This encounter should not produce much fireworks for Rose, but the Canadian number one should still have his hands full to see off Leblond who, since his reprieve, has buckled down to some serious preparation with his Jamaican trainer Joseph Harrison who thinks he “is in good shape — enough to give a good account of himself”.
In the preliminary round, LeBlond lost a close decision to Tsetsi Davis, the Team Jamaica number three seed. He later got a reprieve and returned to the Contender series after teammate John Ryan Wagner withdrew. Leblond returned to take out Nico Yeyo, the Team Jamaica debutant, over five rounds, and will return tonight much improved.
Rose had a somewhat easy passage into this stage of the contest after easily outpointing Ricardo Planter 2-1, one of the fittest boxers in the opening stages — but his fellow Canadian may not be that generous and he will have to earn the win.
One of the two amateur fights will open the programme at 8:30 pm.