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Holmes ‘ready for the bell’ in Wray & Nephew Contender showdown

Published:Wednesday | April 22, 2015 | 4:00 AM
Richard 'Frog' Holmes

KINGSTON:

AN optimistic Richard 'Frog' Holmes aims to hand the Green Team (Team Jamaica) another win against their Caribbean counterparts, when he stands up against Guyana's Charwin Estwick of the Yellow Team in the Wray and Nephew Contender boxing series tonight at the Chinese Benevolent Association, beginning at 9:30 p.m.

The 27-year-old Holmes is a little taller than his opponent, at five feet, eight and a half inches. He was the 2008 national middleweight champion and is full of optimism heading into tonight's showdown.

"I have been doing a lot of strength and fitness training, I am relaxed and I am just ready for that bell to ring and to come out victorious," Holmes sounded off.

Thirty-four-year-old Estwick always had a passion for boxing and gained the relevant licences to fight and promote the sport in his native country. For this fight, he believes he has the skills to overcome.

"I am looking forward to Wednesday and I am confident that I have what it takes to come out on top," Estwick said.

The Guyanese also disclosed that he took time-off from his construction company to compete in this season's Wray & Nephew Contender series.

Insider Ian Jardine, an international judge and referee for the World Boxing Council and International Boxing Federation, thinks both fighters, despite having contrasting styles, have good qualities.

"Holmes is a good boxer, he moves around the ring a lot, while Estwick is more of a fighter, he comes forward and attacks more," Jardine observed.

Before the main bout, two amateur bouts are scheduled to take place, beginning at 8:30 p.m. Boxing enthusiasts who are not able to attend or watch the live show on TVJ can follow the action on Twitter and Instagram @WrayRum.