Christopher Powell gave the Yellow Team another quarter-final spot when he gained a majority decision over the Green Team's Dwayne Rose in their Wray and Nephew Contender six-round welterweight eliminator, at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium, last Wednesday night.
The bout was not for the boxing purist, but the two pro debutants gave the crowd a lot of entertainment as they tried desperately to knock each other out, resulting in some hilarious misses, particularly by Rose as Powell deftly avoided a flood of wild swings.
Powell, who should have fought earlier in the series but sustained an injury which kept him out of training for two weeks, showed no sign of the setback as he scored more effectively at close quarters and used an effective left jab to keep the lunging Rose at bay.
Judge Clifford Brown had it 57-55 and Judge Lindell Allen 58-56 for Powell, while Judge Luke Irons had it tied at 57-57.
The bout was preceded by two amateur contests.
Alastair Walsh of G.C. Foster Gym outpointed Rohan Alexander of Sugar KO Gym in their Novice heavyweight three-rounder, while Everton Eccleston of Stanley Couch Gym won on a third-round disqualification over Brian Griffiths of Heavy Metal Gym in their Open class light-heavyweight contest.
The series, which is promoted by MJK Productions, is sponsored by J. Wray & Nephew, Foska Oats and TVJ and sanctioned by the Jamaica Boxing Board. The competition started eight weeks ago with 16 boxers.
Powell has now joined the seeded Donovan Campbell, Ian Smith, Ramel Lewis and Richard Holmes and unseeded Glenroy Beckford, Kevin Hylton and Owen Barrett in what is shaping up to be an exciting battle for the four semi-final places.
The winner of the competition will pocket $1 million and the 2012 Wray and Nephew Contender champion. The losing finalist will get $500,000, third $250,000 and fourth $200,000.