Lights Out for 'Shaka' Henry
"I am feeling great, and this is just the first step towards the title," declared Tsetsi 'Lights Out' Davis on Wednesday night, after he scored a very impressive fifth-round technical knockout (tko) victory over Barbadian Christopher 'Shaka' Henry in the 'Wray & Nephew Middleweight Contender' 2015 series at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium.
This was the fourth week of competition in this year's competition, and Wednesday night's contest was undoubtedly the best so far. Davis, who now has a 13-3 record, looked in superb condition, fought a good tactical fight, and when he turned up the heat, Henry, who gave a game performance, could not find an answer. After taking a beating in the fourth round, he did not answer the bell for the fifth.
Davis, who has been runner-up in the competition twice, is determined to take the title this year, and told The Gleaner that he is taking his training seriously, and was happy to get back into the ring, and "try out a few new things". He said that he has learnt from the mistakes he made in previous years, and his plan this year is to be more methodical and use both his boxing skills and his power punching to get past each opponent.
Henry, who made it to the quarter-finals last year, came out fast, throwing jabs to the head and body. Davis in turn threw
a few tentative jabs, aimed
primarily at the body, and gave a taste of what was to come when he exploded over the last 10 seconds of the fight and landed some good shots to the head and body.
The pace stepped up in the second round, with Davis being the aggressor, but the tall, well-built Henry, who went into the fight with a 25-win and 25-loss record, scored with a few jabs and then used his defensive skills to keep Davis at bay. Davis in the meantime was methodical, and mixed offence with a tight defence. He drew cheers from the appreciative crowd when he exploded over the last 20 seconds.
Henry used his jabs to keep Davis at bay in the early part of round four and scored to the head and body. Over the last minute of the round however, Davis took control of the fight and unleashed an all-out attack that saw Henry trying hard, but unsuccessfully, to avoid the onslaught.
In the two amateur bouts that preceded the main event, Rohan Stewart from Sugar Olympic gym, defeated Joel Wedderburn from the St Thomas Boxing Club on points, as did Nico Yeyo from Tiger gym over Fabian Tucker from Sugar Olympic.