Sunday 17 November, 2019

Canada's Dave Leblond gets second chance in Contender Boxing Series

Canadian Dave Leblond (right) in action against Jamaican Tsetsi Davis on April 19 at the Chinese Benevolent Association. Davis was declared the winner on a split decision.

Canadian Dave Leblond (right) in action against Jamaican Tsetsi Davis on April 19 at the Chinese Benevolent Association. Davis was declared the winner on a split decision.

Canadian Dave Leblond will get a second chance in the 2017 Wray and Nephew Contender Boxing Series on Wednesday night as he is scheduled to face Jamaican Nico Yeyo  over five rounds in the sixth bout of the preliminary round at the Chinese Benevolent Association, starting at 9:30 pm.

Leblond lost to Jamaican Tsetsi Davis on a split decision earlier in the series, which the crowd at the venue was dissatisfied with, and voiced their disapproval by booing.

Leblond appealed that decision, which the judges upheld, but the opportunity to redeem himself came up when his countryman Ryan Wagner pulled out, after reportedly failing a medical test.

Jamaica's Gregory Miller vs Canada's Francesco Cotroni

Leblond, showed in the fight against Davis that he has guts as well as some punching power and will be dangerous for Yeyo, who will be making his professional debut, after 25 amateur fights. Leblond's professional record is one win and one loss.

Meanwhile, the evening's programme will begin at 8:30 pm with two amateur bouts. Jamaica's Damion Williams will fight Joshua Frazer of Canada in the welterweight division and Jonathan Hanson of Jamaica will oppose Jake Daoust of Canada in the middleweight division.

The Contender Boxing Series brings together eight junior middleweight boxers (154 pounds) from Jamaica and eight rivals from Canada.

The preliminary round comprises eight fights over five rounds each and four more over the same distance in the quarter finals to be followed by two semi-finals over seven rounds, and then the grand final, which will be over 10 rounds.

The winner of the series will receive $2 million, second prize will get $500,000, third prize $250,000 and fourth prize  $200,000.

Jamaica lead the series 3-2.

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