Lake wins exciting Contender clash
Things finally heated up in the Wray and Nephew Contender series on Wednesday night, as Guyana's Revlon Lake secured a hard-fought majority decision over Anthony Woods, from the Bahamas, in their five-round, preliminary bout.
It was all out action from the first minute, as both men threw caution to the wind and engaged each other in fast and furious action.
After five bruising rounds, Jamaican judges Lindell Allen 49-46 and Peter Richards 48-47 voted for Lake, while American judge Eddie Cotton voted 48-47 for Woods. The large and enthusiastic crowd cheered wildly throughout the fight and most agreed with the decision.
Two teams of eight boxers representing the Caribbean and the USA started the competition, on March 4, and the ultimate goal is to win the title Wray and Nephew Welterweight Contender 2016 and the first prize of $2-million.
Lake went into the fight with eight wins 13 losses and two draws while Woods had nine, wins and 13 losses.
Both men came in with aggression on their minds and it was action galore from the first bell, to the delight of the fans, who had been longing for such an approach since the start of the competition. Lake started throwing punches from all angles, some of which landed while others missed the mark. That did not deter him, however, as he kept in an attacking mode throughout.
Woods decided to fight fire with fire, and it paid dividends as a hook to the head opened a small cut on the outside of Lake's left eye. Blood flowed, but instead of being a hindrance, it spurred Lake into more furious action. Woods stayed cool, however, kept attacking, and won the round.
Lake was even more aggressive in the second round, and one got the impression that because of the cut, he wanted to try to knock out his man. The elusive and equally aggressive Wood, did not flinch, and he responded with two-fisted counter punching. Lake won this round.
Woods used his jabs and hooks effectively in the next round, and his attacking approach kept him in the fight, but Lake never flinched and seemed to have the edge once more. The next two rounds saw the pace remaining at fever pitch as both boxers gave it their all. At the end, both men seemed certain of victory but the judges gave the edge to Lake.
He was thrilled to win this time after losing early when he first appeared in the Contender competition.
"I am going for the big prize this year. I want it badly, and this is just the start. I am really excited and pleased with this victory," he added.
In the two amateur bouts that preceded the main bout, Shimon Gayle from Boys' Town defeated Collel Hogg from Sugar Knockout gym on points, while his teammate, Orlando Dixon, also won on points from Samuel Grant from Sugar Knockout gym.