Guyana’s Lake, Bahamas’ Woods in Contender battle
Revlon Lake from Guyana and Anthony Woods from The Bahamas clash tonight in the fourth week of the preliminary round of the Wray and Nephew Contender boxing series for welterweights at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium, beginning at 9 p.m.
Lake, who is 37 years old, has a record of eight wins, 13 losses and two draws and has fought in the series before. On March 19, 2014, he went up against Jamaica's Sakima Mullings, who eventually went on to win the title. Lake was knocked out in the fourth round. He did show some resilience during the encounter, but eventually succumbed to the superior punching power of Mullings.
Woods, who is 31, hail from Nassau but is representing the USA team in the series. He will be making his Jamaican debut. He also has a negative wins versus losses record, with eight victories and 19 losses. What is clear, however, is that both men will take a lot of experience into the ring tonight and this could lead to a very keen encounter.
Lake has been boxing as a professional since 2005 and has fought for several Caribbean titles. In 2009, he challenged Miguel Antoine for the CABOFE super lightweight title but lost; and suffered a similar fate when he challenged Kevin Placide for the CABOFE super welterweight title in 2010.
Another bid for a title in 2014 against Prince Lee Isidore also went up in flames, but these setbacks have not dissuaded him from continuing his career.
He last fought on February 27 and scored a victory on points against Miguel Antoine in Guyana.
Tonight he will make a bold effort to move into the quarter-finals and earn himself a shot at the Contender 2016 title, by getting past his first hurdle. It will not be an easy task, however, as Woods has also been around for some time and has his eyes firmly set on the main prize of $2 million.
Woods has also been in the professional ranks since 2005 and he too has had some interesting encounters along the way, campaigning in Florida, Puerto Rico and The Bahamas. He has been inactive for a few years, but his connections have stated that since being selected for the USA team, he has been training hard and is in great condition.
Neither boxer is known for punching power, so boxing skills will determine the winner. It is a fight that can go either way and has all the earmarks of a close encounter.
The action will be broadcast live on Television Jamaica.