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Buxton proposes Ja v Canada fight nights

Published:Sunday | June 4, 2017 | 12:00 AM
Canada’s Ryan Young (left) and Jamaica’s Ramel Lewis battle in mid-ring during the eighth bout of the Wray & Nephew Contender series held at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium recently. Young won by a technical knockout.

Canadian promoter Tyler Buxton has said that he will be looking into creating fight nights over the coming months to have more Jamaica versus Canada-themed bouts. This is because many Canadian boxers have been telling him of their interest in taking fights in Jamaica because of the popularity of their countrymen in this season's Wray and Nephew Contender Series.

Of the eight Canadians that took part in this season's competition, five have made it to the quarter-final round and Buxton said that they have returned home and done well to promote the boxing culture that currently exists in Jamaica.

"The number of guys that are calling me saying that they want to come down now because of all the Canadians coming back saying they had such a great time - treated really well, hospitality's been second to none, they felt safe, no issues, great fights, the fans, the media coverage has been second to none. So not only are the guys that have come down for The Contender interested in fighting there, now there are several professionals in Canada that are excited to fight in Jamaica," Buxton said.

He said that he would be bringing fighters from various classes.

"It's going to be not only this weight class (junior middleweights), but I'm going to bring several different guys down so that you're going to see boxing build in Jamaica very soon," Buxton added.

"There are people in Jamaica excited and people in Canada excited about the boxing, so it's great for both countries."


Open to rematches


Buxton said that he is also open to the idea of rematches of two of the Contender Series' most discussed bouts so far this season: Tsetsi Davis versus Dave Leblond and Sakima Mullings versus Larone Whyte.

"I believe there are a few fights that have been very close that deserve rematches," he told The Gleaner. "Davis and Leblond, everyone agrees that that fight was very close and the scorecards were a little bit shady. Lets just say that. If Leblond doesn't get past Rose, and Davis doesn't get past Young, that's the fight that I want to do. Even Mullings against Larone would be good."

- R.P.