Tsetsi adds J’can flavour to mega box­ing show­case

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORTS -

CROWD FAVOURITE Tsetsi ‘Lights Out’ Davis will pro­vide ad­di­tional Ja­maican flavour to the Wray and Nephew White Over­proof Rum­spon­sored 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 f ea­ture bout will pit Ja­maican Kemahl ‘The Hit­man’ Rus­sell, the 2015 Wray and Nephew Con­tender cham­pion, against Mex­i­can, Jorge Michael ‘Michi’ Munoz.

Tra­di­tional Con­tender broad­cast par tners, T VJ, are again on board and will air the fights from 8 p.m. to mid­night on T VJ Spor ts Net­work; and from10 p.m. to mid­night on TVJ.


“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.


Tsetsi Davis (right) on the at­tack against Ryan Young in the Wray and Nephew Con­tender series in June last year.

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