All set for Wray and Nephew Contender series 2016
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 Guyana's Revlon Lake.
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.
Both 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.
Ford, for example, who is 19, and goes up against Holmes in the opener, has a one win and three losses record.
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.