Leblond batters Campbell to book spot in Contender semis
Canada's Dave Leblond (left) reacts after being announced winner of his first round fight against Jamaica's Toriano Nicholas.
Dave Leblond pummeled Donovan ‘Police’ Campbell into submission to win their Wray and Nephew Contender quarter-final match at the Chinese Benevolent Association Wednesday night.
Campbell, a quick replacement for Michael ‘Wasp’ Gardener, who was disqualified for being overweight, showed his match rust as he was slow in both defence and attack.
Leblond, meanwhile, peppered Campbell with both head and body shots in the opening round and opened the second with a stinging uppercut that rocked the former Contender champion who came out of retirement to take the fight.
Campbell remained on his feet throughout the second round, but was punished with a barrage of punches. With him looking jaded, Campbell’s corner threw in the towel before the start of the third round, handing Leblond the victory and a place in the semi-finals.
Leblond, speaking through an interpreter after the fight, said that while he had wanted to go further than the two rounds, he was happy with how the bout ended, as he worked hard in training for it.
He said he was sad that he didn’t get the opportunity to fight Gardener, noting that he would have been ready for the Jamaican had he made weight.
According to Campbell, while he was fit, he wasn’t mentally ready for the fight, having to take it at such a short notice, while also having to be thinking about rebuilding his life after fire destroyed his dwellings.
Campbell, the 2012 Contender champion, said that he decided to grab the opportunity after discussing it with his family, as he had been training for the Contender for four years but wasn’t making the team. He said, after not making the team again this year, he decided to move on to doing other things.
Campbell said, “it is last night (Tuesday) they came to my house and said that they want me to fight, so I said to myself I am just going to take a chance and come tonight.
“When I come tonight and see how the first round went, and see that I am not clicking, I said to myself that ‘’Police’ don’t mek di fight guh nuh further, because yuh nuh supposed to just tan up and a tek punch suh’. So from I find myself not clicking mi seh to mi self, ‘hey, mi naw guh nuh further. I am not going to damage myself, by taking so many punches,” Campbell said.
The winner of the Wray and Nephew Contender will collect $2 million with second getting $500,000, third $250,000 and fourth $200,000.