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'Lights Out' Davis turns on the style

Published:Friday | May 15, 2015 | 5:00 AMLeroy Brown
Tsetsi 'Lights Out' Davis

Tsetsi 'Lights Out' Davis booked himself a semi-final berth in the Wray & Nephew Middleweight Contender 2015 series with a unanimous points decision over Ricardo Planter, at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium last Wednesday night. Judge Lindell Allen voted 59-55 and judges Eion Jardine and Clifford Brown 60-54 for Davis.

It was an action-packed contest, as Planter made a gallant effort to match punches with his determined and aggressive opponent. Davis just had too much punching power and resilience for him, however, and wore him down round after round. From the end of the third round, it was obvious in what direction the wind was blowing, and the official announcement at the end, that Davis had won by unanimous decision, was just a formality.

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Both men had made pre-fight predictions that they would be moving to the next round, and Planter came out aggressively as the bell for the start of the fight rang. He threw punches from all angles, but Davis, who was surprised, defended himself briefly and then decided to fight fire with fire.

Using a low stance which gave him good leverage, he built up his attacks behind left jabs and hooks, and was able to score decisively to the body and head. This counter-attack pushed Planter back, and Davis was in charge at the bell.

The pattern of the fight remained the same round after round, with Davis the aggressor and Planter launching counter-attacks. In the second round, Davis used double jabs and hooks to score points and a classic jab-jab-right hook combination in this round bore the stamp of authority.

Both men exchanged a lot of punches in the third round, and near the end of the round, Planter was cut over the right eye. The cut made him change his tactics, as, in the following round, he started to bob and weave and keep his head low so as to avoid taking any blows to the head and face.

In two amateur bouts on Wednesday, Donald Patrick from the Jamaica Defence Force defeated Donovan Ruddock from the G.C. Foster gym on points, while Anthroy York from the Heavy Metal Gym also had a points victory over Carlton Reid from the St Thomas Boxing Club.