Richmond, Miller serve up dull encounter
Guyana's Derick Richmond gave the Caribbean Yellow team its first victory on Wednesday night, when he defeated Jamaica's Gregory Miller by unanimous decision, as the 'Wray and Nephew Middleweight Contender' 2015 series continued at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium on Old Hope Road in St Andrew.
This was the second fight in the series which is matching six boxers from Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago and Suriname against six boxers from Jamaica, using a knockout format. The series is sponsored by Wray and Nephew, with Schweppes and TVJ as associate sponsors. The winner takes home $2 million; second place $500,000; third, $250,000; and fourth, $200,000.
The two boxers on Wednesday did not live up to the expectations of the 'Contender' crowd, as there was very little action. Miller, who was making his professional debut, did not come to fight. He threw very few punches, and the general pattern for him was to constantly clinch whenever his opponent tried to launch an attack.
There was promise of a close encounter when the fight started and both men squared off against each other. Miller threw a few tentative jabs and Richmond came in low and tried to score to the body. His attacks were blunted quickly, however, as Miller bored in and clinched each time. Despite the intervention of referee Ransford Burton, he continued to hold, and the referee had to physically separate them.
As Miller continued to hold, the referee, after several cautions, decided that drastic action had to be taken and he signalled the deduction of one point to the judges. One thought that this would have had a positive effect on Miller and encourage him to fight, but he kept on holding.
An exasperated Richmond tried his best to escape the clutches of Miller, but to no avail. Another point deduction came in round five, to make Miller's chance of victory remote. With the end of the fight imminent, Miller upped the tempo, but it was too late, and not surprisingly Richmond, came out the winner by unanimous decision. Judge Clifford Brown scored the fight 60-51, judge Lindell Allen had it 60-51, and judge Peter Richards 59-53.
In two entertaining amateur bouts, Kestna Davis from Bruising gym outpointed Donovan Ruddock from G.C. Foster gym, and Clive Valentine from the St Thomas Boxing Club upset Allystair Walsh from G. C. Foster on points. Ruddock, who is the son of former world heavyweight contender Donovan 'Razor' Ruddock, is on holiday in Jamaica away from his Florida base.