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'Shaka' Henry to face Ja's Davis

Published:Sunday | April 5, 2015 | 12:01 AMLeroy Brown
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Tsetsi Davis, the 2014 Wray and Nephew Contender runner-up, will have a new opponent for his fight on Wednesday night in the fourth contest this year at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium. Davis was down to fight Jermain King from Guyana in the middleweight contest at 160 pounds, but King was unable to make the approved upper-weight limit of 168 pounds seven days before the fight as stipulated in the rules and has had to be replaced.

Taking his place is Christopher 'Shaka' Henry, from Barbados, who was a contestant last year and who bowed out in the quarter-finals to Donovan Campbell. Henry, it will be recalled, was involved in a controversial fight with Glenroy 'Bumpy' Beckford early in the series. Beckford was awarded the fight on points, but Henry appealed the decision on the grounds that a knockdown during the fight was not ruled by the referee. An appeal panel agreed with him after viewing a tape of the fight and reversed the decision.

Henry is a very experienced boxer and has a unique record. He has 25 wins - 18 by knockout; and 25 losses, 14 by knockout - so he can truly be called a 50/50 fighter. He has been fighting a long time and his vast experience will serve him in good stead against Davis.

Davis, who has a 12-3 record, is one of the favourites this year, having come close in 2014 when he lost in the finals to Sakima Mullings. This should be a close, hard-fought encounter.