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Ja-Guyana ‘Contenders’ face-off again in Wray & Nephew series

Published:Wednesday | April 22, 2015 | 12:00 AMLeroy Brown

It will be another clash between a Jamaican boxer Richard Holmes and a Guyanese boxer, Charwin Estwick, when the preliminary round of the Wray and Nephew Contender Middleweight 2015 series continues at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium tonight.

Last week, Jamaica's Kevin "Bus Boy" Hylton defeated Guyana's Edmond DeClou on points, by way of a majority decision. Two judges voted for Hylton and the third made it a draw.

The decision was, however, booed by the public and questioned by the Guyanese, who lodged an appeal. The appeal was thrown out by the appeal panel, however. The ruling was that the judges did not commit any breaches of the rules, there were no discrepancies in the scoring, the fight was a very close one and it could therefore have gone to either of the two fighters. Hylton will therefore move on to the quarter-finals.

Tonight's fight should be interesting. Holmes has appeared in the Contender series before and has reached the quarter-final stage. Estwick will, however, be making his debut and goes into the ring with only one professional contest on his resume and this was a loss. Holmes has had 10 fights, with six wins and four losses.

Holmes is a fast mover and depends on his left jab to build up points. He is not known to be a power puncher, however. Estwick is an unknown quantity, but he has been training hard since his arrival in Jamaica. He has also spoken very confidently in his interviews about moving to the next round, so the situation is that one really has to wait to see what will unfold tonight.

This is the sixth week of competition and the 16 boxers in the first round will be whittled down to eight.

Like the preliminaries, the quarter-final bouts will be over six rounds. The four boxers in the semi-finals will do battle over eight rounds and the final will be a 10-rounder.

The winner of the competition will, in addition to the title and belt, receive prize money of $2 million. The runner-up will earn $500,000, third $250,000 and fourth $200,000.

The series is approved by the Jamaica Boxing Board, Wray and Nephew are the main sponsors and Schweppes and TVJ the Associate sponsors. Fight time is at 9:30 p.m. and before the main attraction, there will be two amateur bouts. The action will be broadcast live on Television Jamaica (TVJ).