Canada’s Le­blond to re­turn de­spite los­ing ap­peal

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS - Rachid Parch­ment Gleaner Writer

THE JA­MAICA Box­ing Board of Con­trol (JBBC) has ruled that Tsetsi Davis’ split de­ci­sion win over Team Canada’s Dave Le­blond in the Wray & Nephew Con­tender Se­ries will not be over­turned. How­ever, Le­blond will be re­turn­ing to the com­pe­ti­tion to com­pete next week.

A source close to the JBBC said that although Le­blond lost his ap­peal to have a re­match with Davis, on the grounds of “egre­gious judg­ing”, he will be tak­ing the place of Cana­dian Ryan Wag­ner for next week’s match.

“Wag­ner, who was sup­posed to fight next week for Canada, did not pass his med­i­cal. He failed the MRI (mag­netic res­o­nance imag­ing), so his doc­tor did not pass him to fight,” the source told The Gleaner.

RE­TURN­ING TO COM­PE­TI­TION

Le­blond’s trainer Patrice Trudeau said that he is glad that they will be re­turn­ing to the com­pe­ti­tion as they love Ja­maica and its peo­ple whom he de­scribed as friendly and wel­com­ing to them on their visit

last month.

“Right now, he (Le­blond) is pumped up be­cause he knows that Ja­maicans are be­hind him,” Trudeau said. “We’ve been talk­ing about this for weeks, say­ing ‘Wow, this is un­be­liev­able!’.

“Dave will do his best, but we want to go and put on a good out­ing be­cause we want to ex­press our gratitude to the Ja­maicans who are sup­port­ing us. We want to give the Ja­maican fans a present be­cause they’ve been such good sup­port for us.”

Le­blond will now be up against Team Ja­maica’s Nico Yeyo, who will be mak­ing his pro­fes­sional de­but.

“We’re tak­ing this fight se­ri­ously be­cause Dave had only one fight be­fore Tsetsi,”Trudeau added. “It’s the same with Yeyo, so, of course, we’re gonna take him se­ri­ously. In this sport, you don’t win by pure tal­ent. You’ve got to have the fire. We want a chance to stay longer in Ja­maica and to pos­si­bly face Tsetsi again in a re­match (later in the com­pe­ti­tion).”

Dave Le­blond (right) goes toe to toe with Tsetsi Davis dur­ing their re­cent Con­tender Se­ries match at the Chi­nese Benev­o­lent As­so­ci­a­tion Au­di­to­rium.

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