Richmond favoured to topple Ja’s Miller in Wray & Nephew Contender Series
Dereck Richmond from Guyana is the firm favourite to win tonight in his clash with Jamaica's Gregory Miller over six rounds, as the Wray and Nephew Middleweight Contender 2015 contest moves into the second week of competition at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium, on Old Hope Road in St Andrew.
The action starts at 8:30 p.m., with two amateur bouts, to be followed by the main fight, which will be televised by TVJ at 9:30 p.m.
In last week's opening round, Jamaica's Kemahl Russell scored a third-round knockout victory over Kevin Placide from Trinidad and Tobago, to earn himself a spot in the second round of the competition.
There will be eight fights in the preliminary round, which will be followed by the quarter- finals, semi-finals and then the grand final. The winner will take home $2 million; second place, $500,000; third, $250,000; and fourth, $200,000.
Richmond, whose Yellow team won the 'Challenge' this week, selected Miller, who is making his professional debut after a successful amateur career. Although Miller has been boxing as an amateur for several years and, therefore, has experience inside the ring, he is facing a formidable challenge tonight in his professional debut.
Richmond has been a professional for two years and has had eight fights, winning four times, three by knockout. He also lost three times, including a knockout from the fists of Edmund DeClou, who is one of the contestants in the Contender series this year. His other fight ended in a draw.
The Guyanese has also been in the ring against two other Jamaicans, Sakima Mullings and Tsetsi Davis, losing to both. He retired in the second round in his fight against Mullings and was outpoined by Davis over six rounds. A capable boxer, who likes to keep the action moving, he will quite likely pressure Miller early to unsettle him.
Making his professional debut in a six-round fight after boxing three-rounders all his career will pose its own challenge for Miller, but he stated that he has been working hard, is in good condition and intends to give a good account of himself.