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Holmes to fight in Guyana tomorrow

Published:Friday | August 26, 2016 | 12:00 AMLeroy Brown
Richard 'Frog' Holmes

American Demarcus 'Chop Chop' Corley, who won the 2016 Contender title, and runner-up Richard 'Frog' Holmes, will be the headline fighters on a five-fight card in Georgetown, Guyana, tomorrow.

Holmes left the island yesterday accompanied by his coach, Carl Grant. The main bout on the card will be a title fight over 12 rounds between Corley and Dexter Gonzales from Guyana for the vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) Fecarbox lightweight title. Holmes will fight in the semi-final against Mark Austin from Guyana over eight rounds.

Corley, who caught the attention of boxing fans in the Caribbean with his performance in the Contender series, is an overwhelming favourite to win the Fecarbox title as he enters the ring with a lot of experience and a series of good performances recently. He has a 47-27-1 record and looked outstanding in his fight against Holmes in the Contender finals, which he won by technical knockout (TKO) in round seven. Gonzales, who has an 8-1-2 record, last fought in October 2015 when he defeated Clive Atwell by way of an eighth-round TKO for the CABOFE lightweight title.

Holmes, who has an 11-6 record, will go up against an opponent who has a 9-8-1 record. After taking a short break following the end of the Contender series in July, Holmes resumed training a month ago and told The Gleaner yesterday that he is in good condition and is confident that he will beat Austin.

INCENTIVE FOR WINNING

He also stated that there is a lot of incentive for him to win this fight because he has been told that a victory could lead to a regional title fight before the end of the year. Asked about his condition, he said that he "is fit and ready to go" and is looking forward to an exciting fight.

"I had some good sparring sessions this week with Sakima Mullings, who kindly agreed to work with me. We had some great sparring, and I and I am now feeling very sharp as a result of those workouts," Holmes added.

Grant said that he was pleased with how Holmes looked this past week and added: "Richard is going to give a very good performance on Saturday night. He is ready. "