Sunday 5 July, 2020

Jamaican Nico Yeyo stuns Canadian in Contender Series

Team Jamaica’s Nico Yeyo secured a stunning technical knockout victory over Myron Zeferino in the second bout of the Jamaica vs Canada  Wray and Nephew Contender Series 8, at the Chinese Benevolent Association on Wednesday night.

The five-round welterweight bout only lasted for 21 seconds.

Zeferino, nicknamed 'The Brazilian Bomber', started to mix it up with Yeyo and was caught with a combination of solid shots to the head, which put him to his knees. Drowsy from the assault, Zeferino's torso slipped through the ropes and Yeyo caught him with another punch put him to the canvas.

As he wobbled to his feet, referee Peter Richards started to administer the standing eight count, but stopped in the middle of the process and waved off the fight.

Yeyo, whose professional debut in the series last year, was booed by the crowd as he held on for most of the loss against Dave Leblond, moves his record to two wins and one loss with Zeferino losing the first of his six fights.

"I trained hard for this fight. I trained extra hard. So training worked," said Yeyo.

"It was a combination of punches that reached him. From the head come right down. It was a combination of punches so I couldn't hold back," he said of the punch that caught Zeferino while he was going through the ropes.

Contender Showdown

In the opening bout of the series last week, Jamaican Richard Holmes scored a unanimous decision victory  over Canadian Lloyd Reyes.

The other Jamaican boxers are the talented Michael Gardener, Devon ‘Concrete’ Moncrieffe, who won the 2013 series, Ramel ‘Sub-Zero’ Lewis, Toriano Nicholas, Fabian Tucker, and Sceantonie Johnson, who will be making his professional debut.

The other Canadian boxers are Dave Leblond, Ricardo Salas, Waseem El Sinawi, Jeff Tabrizi,  Jay Kelly and Daniel Roach.

The matchups to follow are: El Sinawi vs Lewis (April 18), Moncrief vs Roach (April 25), Kelly vs Gardener (May 2), Leblond vs Nicholas (May 9), Salas vs Johnson (May 16) and Tabrozi vs Tucker (May 23).

The winner of the Contender will, in addition to the title and belt, take home a purse of $2 million with second-place getting $500,000, third $250,000, and fourth $200,000.

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