Planter looks to bloom against journeyman Osbourne
It will be an all-Jamaica clash in the Wray & Nephew Contender preliminaries at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium tonight when Ricardo Planter and Anthony Osbourne clash over six rounds for a quarter-final spot.
Planter should have fought Winston Pompey from Suriname, but Pompey injured his foot recently and is unable to make the fight date.
Spectators will without a doubt see an interesting and competitive fight tonight as both men like to throw punches.
Planter stated earlier this week that he had a score to settle as they met before in 2012 and Osbourne won by unanimous decision. He plans to turn the tables tonight, however, and said on Monday that "it will be a battle from round one, but my hand will be raised at the end".
Osbourne, on the other hand, told The Gleaner that he had only one thing on his mind and that is "to put a beating on Planter".
"I beat him before and I will beat him again. It will be an exciting fight, and spectators will have a lot to cheer about," he said.
Osbourne, who is 39, is a journeyman and has a strange-looking record. He has won 10 fights, three by knockout, and has lost 38, nine by knockout. He has also had two draws.
When questioned about his loss record, Osbourne said that throughout his career, he has travelled all over the world to get fights, and as a result, he has had to fight many of his opponents "in their backyard".
"I have, therefore, suffered a lot of 'home town' decisions," he declared.
This does not bother him, however, and recently, he fought in The Cayman Islands and won.
"They brought me in to fight a young boxer, believing that I would lose to him, but I dashed their plans to pieces, and they were not pleased at all," he said with a broad smile.
Everything points to a bruising six rounds of boxing and spectators should have a lot to cheer about. This is the seventh week of competition, and next week, Jamaica's Devon Moncriffe and Courtney Pennington from the USA will clash for the final quarter-final spot.
The boxers are vying for the Wray and Nephew Middleweight Contender 2015 title and a first prize of $2 million. The runner-up will take home $500,000, third place $250,000, and fourth $200,000.
The action starts at 8:30 p.m. with two amateur bouts, and the main bout, which will be televised by TVJ, starts at 9:30. The series is approved by the Jamaica Boxing Board, and Wray & Nephew are the major sponsors. Associate sponsors are Television Jamaica (TVJ) and Schweppes.