Phil Rose moved into the semi-final round of the Best of the Best 2017 Wray and Nephew White Overproof Rum Contender Boxing Series by conjuring a big unanimous decision win against Team Canada teammate Dave Leblond at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium on Wednesday night.
The Team Canada’s number one basher moved into the semis to join Team Jamaica Number One Sakima Mullings after appearing the winner on all three judges’ card. Lindell Allen scored the bout 48-47, Laurence Neufville 49-46 and Clifford Brown 50-45.
Meanwhile, the battle for the final two semi-final spots will continue at the CBA auditorium next Wednesday with the Contender’s most consistent operator and number two seed Richard “Frog” Holmes trading blows with Team Canada’s number four man Frank Cotroni over five rounds.
When ring announcer Oliver Hardie announced Rose as the winner of the quarter-final bout, Leblond reacted negatively to the decision. But there was little need for that. It was the sheer power from Rose which made him the dominant factor in a fight that pitted power against polish.
Leblond looked the primadonna fighter with a good classical style that earned for him many telling shots with his swift hands and nimble feet. But all this crumbled under the weight of Rose’s heavy punches as the legs of Leblond continued to show signs of stress.
“I am pleased with certain aspects of my win… but I will have to go back to the gym. Nonetheless, this was a useful exercise moving into the next round,” Rose said.
“Another area I have to work on is throwing more punches. This is an area which is greatly appreciated by this audience. This means going back to the gym, I have to increase the rate of punches thrown,” he added.
Leblond, who was losing for the second time from three outings in series, gave a much better performance in his latest outing as he showed glimpses of true potential as a good boxer in the classical mould.
He, however, said that the weakening of his legs went a far way in preventing him from performing up to his true potential. “This is an area that we will have to address when we return to the gym,” he noted.