‘Frog’ Holmes set for big leap in Contender semi-final showdown

Last year’s beaten finalist Richard “Frog” Holmes and Canadian boxer Phil Rose are set to trade punches in the semi-final of the Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum Contender Series at the Mico University grounds today, starting at 8:30 pm.

Holmes, Team Jamaica’s number two seed, and Team Canada’s number one seed Rose will vie for the final spot in this year’s Contender Series for the title of Jamaica’s Ultimate Junior Middleweight Contender.

And from all indications, they look in fine trim for a blockbuster semi-final clash at the weigh-in with Holmes touching the scales at 153lbs and Rose at 152lbs.

Both men promised fireworks as they seek to move into the championship match.

“My intention is to go into the ring to get the job of winning done. I have been training hard for this fight. I am not one to underestimate my opponents, but I am in very good shape to fight,” Holmes said.

Rose has nothing but victory on his mind.

“I am in good shape for this fight and my intention going there is to come away a winner,” said the Canadian.

In the profesional under card, defending Contender champion DeMarcus “Chop Chop” Corley will take on Ramel “Sub Zero” over five rounds. An amateur fight completes the three-fight card.

— Hurbun Williams

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