Excitement builds ahead of final fight night of 2023 in Wray and Nephew-sponsored series

By Sports Desk December 13, 2023
Boxers and promoters share a photo opportunity. Boxers and promoters share a photo opportunity. contributed

Excitement continues to build for the last fight night of 2023 in the Wray & Nephew Fight Nights series, which will be held at Breezy Castle downtown, Kingston on Saturday.

Fight time is 7:00 pm.

Details of the fight card, which boasts six amateur bouts, including one female match-up and two professional fights, were revealed at a press briefing at Tracks & Records on Constant Spring Road, on Wednesday.

The card is dominated by Jamaica Defence Force (JDF) boxers - four in the amateur section and one professional boxer. 

Debutante Chevelle Davidson promised to give of his best.

"You can expect me to show all my boxing skills. All the things my coach has taught me during training for preparation for fight night," Davidson said.

Her bout will be the second female fight of the series, following the Shanika Gordon and Sherekee Moore bout in Ebony Vale, in October.

Professional boxer Jermain 'Breezy' Richards, who won his two previous fights in the series, promised another positive outcome.

"Just come out. Expect the best of Breezy because with each fight I evolve a bit and I grow more talented, so I have more work to put in because I know what's out there waiting for me or what is expected of me," Breezy shared.

Richards, who will battle Colombian Francisco Cordero, dedicated the fight to the memory of his brother, who recently passed away, and whose birthday would have been December 16, the day of the fight.

The night will close with the very popular local professional Ian 'Impact' Darby of the JDF, who predicted a second-round knockout in his favour. He is set to oppose the other Colombian Julio Feria Jose Augustine.

"The 'Impact' always presents a blast. I am just coming out to do a bomb wrecking for my fans. This time I am representing Jamaica at its flag itself. There is a message I need to send so the 'Impact' will be sending a serious message that listen 'no matter what the denomination, no matter the culture, no matter country you are from, the 'Impact', the Jamaica flag will be raising high," said Darby, who won his first professional fight on local soil when he bettered Fabian 'Truck' Tucker, in October.

Meanwhile, Stephen Bomber Jones, president of the JBA said that the fight night series has surpassed all expectations.

"It is a thrill to see, and a moment of pride for not just the boxing board, but the boxing fraternity and the fans themselves. Because the shows have been perfect right around in terms of the setup, in terms of the platforms the boxers are given, and in terms of the way Wray & Nephew has put their weight behind the production so that we can have first class events where the boxers feel that they can aspire to world class level boxing, and then the boxing itself has been improving each and every show," Jones noted.

Amateur matchups

Khamoi Barrett, JDF vs  Sanjae Hudson, Hybrid Athletics, MoBay (Heavyweight)

Chevon Gordon, Suga Olympic vs Kevon McKenzie, Hunter Gym, MoBay (Welterweight)

Daniel Williams, GC Foster vs Cayman Taffrel, Suga Olympic (Middleweight)

Delano McLaughin, JDF vs Kirk Patrick Keron, Port Antonio Boxing Club (Welterweight)

Garvan Garrison, JDF vs Mark Cunningham, Funrobics, Portmore (Lightweight)

Britney McFarlane, Stanley Couch vs Chevelle Davidson, JDF (Middleweight)

Professional matchups

Jermaine 'Breezy' Richards, I-Fight vs Francisco Cordero, Barranquilla, Colombia (Heavyweight)

Ian 'Impact' Darby, JDF vs Julio Feria Jose Augustine, Fundacion, Colombia (Cruiserweight)

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