Fri | Dec 14, 2018

Tsetsi adds J'can flavour to mega boxing showcase

Published:Wednesday | March 14, 2018 | 12:00 AM
Tsetsi Davis (right) on the attack against Ryan Young in the Wray and Nephew Contender series in June last year.

Crowd favourite Tsetsi 'Lights Out' Davis will provide additional Jamai-can flavour to the Wray and Nephew White Overproof Rum-sponsored mega boxing showcase.

Davis will face American Christopher Pearson in one of three middleweight bouts on the main fight card at the National Arena this Friday night.

Seven fights are scheduled for the international fight night promoted by Evander Holyfield, which also serves as the launch for Season 8 of the hugely popular made-for-TV hit, 'Wray and Nephew Contender Series'.

The feature bout will pit Jamaican Kemahl 'The Hitman' Russell, the 2015 Wray and Nephew Contender champion, against Mexican, Jorge Michael 'Michi' Munoz.

Traditional Contender broadcast partners, TVJ, are again on board and will air the fights from 8 p.m. to midnight on TVJ Sports Network; and from10 p.m. to midnight on TVJ.


Excellent record


"We're trying to get the Jamaican flavour in there also, so we have Tsetsi Davis fighting Pearson out of New York. Pearson has an excellent record, it's like 9-0, so it's going to be a really good, competitive fight; Tsetsi, with his experience, and this youngster coming up," noted Donald Lyew, a lead partner in Creative Sports.

The local entity has teamed up with Holyfield's Real Deal Sports and Entertainment and Uprising Promotions, which is run by Ronson Frank and his brothers.

A staple in the Wray and Nephew Contender Series, Davis, at 40, is much older and experienced than his 27-year-old opponent. The Jamaican won 62 of 66 fights as an amateur and 18 of 25 in the pro ranks.

A mark of his consistency is reflected in the fact that Davis has twice fought for the Contender championship title, plus making the semi-finals on four other occasions.

His opponent's recent records show 16 fights as a pro, with 14 wins and two losses. Ten of those victories have come by way of a TKO for Pearson, who fights with the southpaw stance, which makes him more difficult to box against due to the ability to manoeuvre and score in an unorthodox manner.

"It's all about bringing back the boxing to a big level. Wray & Nephew has done an excellent job in bringing back boxing with Contender, we're believing that we can carry to it an international level and hence the association with Holyfield and Uprising Promotions," he reasoned.

Tickets are already on sale, with $1,000 for seating in the general area. For the VIP area, the cost is $2,500 pre-sold and $3,000 at the gate. Ticket outlets are the Total gas stations at Liguanea, Stanton Terrace and Dunrobin Avenue, plus Western Sports' retail outlets.