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Holmes eases into Contender last eight

Published:Friday | April 24, 2015 | 12:00 AMLeroy Brown
Richard 'Frog' Holmes

There were loud cheers for Richard Holmes, representing the Jamaica Green Team on Wednesday night at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium, after he scored a unanimous points victory over Charwin Estwick from Guyana, representing the Caribbean Yellow Team, in the preliminary round of the Wray and Nephew 2015 middleweight 'Contender' series. Judge Eion Jardine scored it 60-52, while judges Clifford Brown and Lindell Allen had it 58-55 each.

Holmes, who now moves on to the quarter-finals of the competition, had a fairly easy passage, as he was able to score freely against an opponent who was simply outclassed. It was obvious from the start that Holmes, who had a 7-4 record going into the fight, was trying for a knockout, which is a cardinal sin in boxing.

TIME TO RECUPERATE

He did not do the preliminary work of setting up his opponent with his jabs, and just kept swinging, sometimes wildly. He did land some solid punches throughout the fight, however, and scored a knockdown in the fourth round. This came near the end of the round, so Estwick had the one-minute interval to recuperate.

Both men were cautious at the start of the contest, and neither boxer did anything of note in the opening round. Things warmed - up in the second, with Estwick trying to score with jabs. These rarely found the target, however, and Holmes was able to land some hard punches to the head in the meantime. A solid right hook to the head by him ended the round. The third round produced very little action, as Estwick did a lot of holding, but sparks flew in the fourth.

This was the best round of the fight and Holmes scored with left and right hooks to the body and head. A left hook put Estwick on the canvas, and although he looked a bit shaky during the mandatory eight count, he was able to survive as the round ended soon afterwards.

Estwick, who went into the fight with only one professional fight on his record went into survival mode after this, and as the crowd chanted "Frog- Frog-Frog" in support of Holmes, and urging him to attack, Estwick was able to weather the storm and make it safely to the end. He now has two losses.

Although Holmes won, his performance was not convincing, and he will have to improve considerably to make it to the semi-finals. There are two more contests left in this round, and next week, Ricardo Planter will go against Anthony Osbourne, who has come in as a substitute for Winston Pompey from Suriname. Pompey suffered an injury a few weeks ago and is now unable to participate in the competition. The following week, Devon Moncriffe will fight Courtney Pennington.