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Debutants Shorter, Barrett take centre stage

Published:Wednesday | March 14, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Leroy Brown, Gleaner Writer

Two boxers making their professional debuts, Moyan Shorter and Owen Barrett, will exchange punches tonight, as the Wray and Nephew Contender series continues at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium at 8:30.

Last week's fight between Ian Smith and Martin Anderson was an explosive affair and saw Smith winning by a technical knockout in the third round. The action will quite likely not be as furious tonight, but the two contestants are evenly matched, and indications are that it will be six action-packed rounds.

Sanctioned

The made-for-television series, which is sanctioned by the Jamaica Boxing Board of Control, promoted by MJK Productions and sponsored by J. Wray and Nephew, Foska Oats and TVJ, will last for 16 weeks. This is the fifth week of competition and the winner tonight will take a step towards the main prize of $1 million. The boxer who places second will win $500,000, third $250,000 and fourth $200,000.

Sixteen boxers divided into two teams - Green Team and Yellow Team - started the hunt on February 15 and so far boxers from the Green Team have won three of the four fights. Shorter, who will represent the Yellow Team tonight, is anxious to close the gap for his team and said yesterday he would be going all out for a good win.

There will also be two amateur bouts on the card and these will be followed by the live telecast of the main bout at 9:30.