Lewis, Gardener in Contender showdown

May 04, 2016
Romel Lewis
Michael Gardener

Two hard hitting Jamaican boxers, Ramel "Sub Zero" Lewis and Michael Gardener, will clash tonight, in the first quarter final bout of the Wray and Nephew 2016 Contender series, at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium. The programme starts at 8.30 and the main bout is scheduled for 9.30.

A veteran of the Contender series, Lewis reached the final as a welterweight in 2012. In his first appearance this year against Fard Muhammad, he showed touches of brilliance, but also the ill effects of a nearly two-year absence from the ring. He won that fight by technical knockout. He caught Muhammad with some good punches, but took some himself and must improve a lot tonight if he is to win.

He acknowledged his weaknesses after that fight, and vowed to do better next time around. That next time is tonight, and he will be going up against a formidable Michael Gardener. In his first fight in the competition, Gardener, who was making his professional debut, was composed going up against American Jose Guzman, and his punishing body attacks, allowed him to win by knockout in the second round.

He is very confident for tonight's fight, and has promised more of what he produced against Guzman.

Punching power and stamina, will undoubtedly be the two main ingredients tonight, and it is obvious that both men are coming into the fight in an attacking mode.

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