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'Police' look to lock down semi-final spot

Published:Wednesday | April 25, 2012 | 12:00 AM

Leroy Brown, Gleaner Writer

Donovan 'Police' Campbell, the boxer who is the No. 1 seeded contestant in the Wray and Nephew Contender boxing series, will seek a semi-final berth tonight when he takes on Owen Barrett in the third quarter- final at the Chinese Benevolent Association. Fight time is 8:30 with two amateur bouts.

Campbell, who has a 13-5-1 record with four knockouts, goes up against Owen Barrett, a newcomer to the professional ranks.

Campbell is a seasoned boxer, whose ring presence in unspectacular. He is businesslike in the ring, uses his jabs to build up points and rarely tries to knock out his opponent.

Barrett, who left competitive boxing for some time because he had no aspirations of being a full-time professional boxer, kept himself in the sport, however, as a sparring partner. He is now the chief sparring partner of last year's Contender runner-up Devon Moncrieffe.

With the Contender series being in his weight class this year, he decided to enter and had a sensational debut with a first-round knockout victory over Moyan Shorter that was the talk of the town. He will try to ride this wave of popularity into another spectacular victory tonight.

It will not be easy, however, as Campbell is a cagey veteran who knows the ropes and has a trick or two up his sleeve. It will be boxer versus puncher and spectators should see a very interesting contest.

The series, which is promoted by MJK Productions with the approval of the Jamaica Boxing Board of Control, is sponsored by J. Wray and Nephew, Foska Oats and TVJ.

The winner will be crowned Wray and Nephew Welterweight Contender 2012 and take home a million dollars. The runner-up gets $500,000, third place $250,000 and fourth $200,000.