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Tsetsi Davis adds flavour to Wray & Nephew Contender launch

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

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Crowd -favourite Tsetsi “Lights Out” Davis will provide additional Jamaican flavour to the Wray and Nephew White Overproof Rum-sponsored mega boxing showcase.

Davis will face American Christopher Pearson in one of three middleweight bouts on the main fight card at National Arena this Friday night.

Seven fights are scheduled for the international fight night promoted by Evander Holyfield, which also serves as the launch for Season 8 of the hugely popular made-for-TV hit, Wray and Nephew Contender Series.

The feature bout will pit Jamaican Kemahl “The Hitman” Russell, the 2015 Wray and Nephew Contender champion, going up against highly-thought-of Mexican, Jorge Michael “Michi” Munoz.

Traditional Contender broadcast partners TVJ are again on board and will air the fights from 8:00 pm to midnight on TVJ Sports Network; and from 10:00 pm to midnight on TVJ.

“We're trying to get the Jamaican flavour in there also, so we have Tsetsi Davis fighting Pearson out of New York. Pearson has an excellent record — it's like 9-0 — so it's going to be a really good, competitive fight; Tsetsi with his experience and this youngster coming up,” noted Donald Lyew, a lead partner in Creative Sports.

The local entity has teamed up with Holyfield's Real Deal Sports and Entertainment and Uprising Promotions, which is run by Ronson Frank and his brothers.

A staple in the Wray and Nephew Contender series, Davis, at 40, is much older and experienced than his 27-year-old opponent. The Jamaican won 62 of 66 fights as an amateur and 18 of 25 in the pro ranks.

A mark of his consistency is reflected in the fact that Davis has twice fought for the Contender championship title, plus making the semi-finals on four other occasions.

His opponent's recent records show 16 fights as a pro, with 14 wins and two losses. Ten of those victories have come by way of a TKO for Pearson, who fights with the southpaw stance — making him more difficult to box against due to the ability to manoeuvre and score in an unorthodox manner.

Locals will also get the chance to see some more home-grown talent as two amateur bouts are also lined up on the card.

“We're also giving exposure to amateur fighters, Jamaicans, so we've two amateur fights that will begin the night,” Lyew shared.

“It's all about bringing back the boxing to a big level. Wray & Nephew has done an excellent job in bringing back boxing with Contender; we're believing that we can carry it to an international level and hence the association with Holyfield and Uprising Promotions,” he reasoned.

Lyew added: “That alliance, coming here, could help to build the boxing, one way or the other. It could be considered a farm system too, because in the same way that Kemahl won the Wray and Nephew Contender and went abroad, it took him a while before he found Ronson Frank and Uprising Promotions and got into that camp and got them to sign him. So who knows, it could become a natural now, you win big in Jamaica and Real Deal will take you over.”

The other international fights will match Deandre Ware against Kwesi Jones, include an all-female clash, and feature a bantamweight showdown between Italian Federico Bianco and Guyana's Rewinna David. Bantamweights Lawrence Newton and Rudolph Hedges complete the card.

Tickets are already on sale, with $1,000 for seating in the general area. For the VIP area, the cost is $2,500 pre-sold and $3,000 at the gate. Ticket outlets are the Total gas stations at Liguanea, Stanton Terrace and Dunrobin Avenue, plus Western Sports' retail outlets.

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