Wray and Nephew’s popular, made for television Contender boxing series, will premier next Wednesday March 9, with a contest between Jamaica’s Richard Holmes and Xzaviar Ford from North Carolina, at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium, Hope Road. The fight will be broadcast live on Television Jamaica (TVJ).The series, which is in its sixth year, will see a team of eight welterweight boxers from the Caribbean going up against a team from the USA, most of whom are from North Carolina. At an official launch on Thursday, the boxers named from the Caribbean are Jamaicans Tsetsi Davis, Richard Holmes, Ramel Lewis, Michael Gardener and Camion Goldson, along with Iwan Azore from Trinidad and Tobago, Miguel Antoine from Barbados and Revlon Lake from Guyana.The boxers from the USA in addition to Ford are, William Barber, Courtney McCleave, Kevin Reynolds, Jose Guzman, Anthony Woods, Rashid Stevens and Devonte Seay. The matchmaker from North Caronia Chris Joy was present at the launch.MIXTUREOFSKILLBoth teams have a mixture of experienced boxers and newcomers to the professional ranks. The new pros could face some major challenges in the later stages of the competition however. Jamaicans Gardener and Goldson for example are making their professional debuts, and if they are able to make it past the preliminary round, they will face more experienced boxers in the quarter finals.Several of the boxers from the USA do not have many professional fights on their records, but Joy told the Gleaner that he was confident that they would be able to hold their own against the Caribbean boxers, because of their previous amateur experience and the type of fights they have had so far as professionals.Ford, for example, who is 19, and goes up against Holmes in the opener, has a one win and three losses record. Joy is of the opinion however, that his boxer is young and talented, and had a good run as an amateur. These factors, he said, in addition to his speed, will be the attributes that Ford will bring to the contest, and will enable him to get the better of the more experience Holmes.There has been a change in the number of rounds in the early stages of competition. Instead of six rounds, the prelims and quarter finals will be over five rounds and the semi-finals over seven. This is designed to avoid as far as possible, a drawn fight. The final will however remain at 10 rounds.The winner of the series will take home $2-million, the runner up $500,000, third place $250,000 and fourth place $200,000.
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Brazil Willian: No room for mistakes at World Cup for title hopefuls Brazil Gabriel Pazini Last updated 1 year ago 21:00 5/31/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Brazil Brazil v Switzerland World Cup Friendlies Willian The Chelsea attacker was part of the squad that crashed out at the semi-finals in 2014 and is determined to go all the way this time Brazil cannot afford to make any mistakes in Russia if they are to win a sixth World Cup trophy this summer, according to Willian.The Selecao are seen as one of the main competitors for the competition and will start their journey in Group E with games against Switzerland, Costa Rica and Serbia.Brazil reached the semi-finals of the tournament last time before they crashed out with a 7-1 defeat to Germany before being forced to settle for fourth place with a loss to Netherlands. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now This year, however, Willian says they are going all the way for the title, but cannot leave any room for error in the late stages.”My expectation is the best possible,” the Chelsea star Goal. “I think we did a great job in the qualifiers and we have to follow in the same way in the World Cup, because we are on the right track.”I think we will get on well in the World Cup. It’s hard to pinpoint favorites. There are four or five teams, including Brazil, that can reach the same level.”The World Cup is a tournament that practically does not allow errors, especially in the final. From the last World Cup, we’ve learned the good and the bad sides of the tournament, which was the moment we were eliminated. This time my expectation is that we can experience only the good side.”Willian, 29, says it has been a childhood dream of his to represent his country at the World Cup, and is looking forward to a second experience after the humiliation in their homeland in 2014.”When I was a kid, I dreamed of wearing the Selecao shirt in a World Cup,” he added. “Having played in my first World Cup was already a dream come true. Now I will be able to play in a second one, an opportunity few people get.”Of course it’s in my head to win the title. This is my biggest dream, but I know the difficulties we will face in order to achieve this goal.”The World Cup is the ultimate moment for any player. It is the opportunity to defend your country in the biggest tournament in the world and the moment the whole world will watch you play.”Brazil begin their tournament against Switzerland on June 17. read more