‘Lights Out’ scrapes controversial Contender win
Tsetsi “Lights Out” Davis moved into the second stage of the Wray and Nephew White Overproof Rum Contender Series after scoring an unpopular split decision against Team Canada’s Dave Leblond at the Chinese Benevolent Association Auditorium on Wednesday night.
Team Jamaica now leads the charge 2-1 to take home the Wray and Nephew “Best of the Best” Contender Series main prize of $2,000,000 and the title of Jamaica’s Ultimate Junior Middleweight Contender at the end of the fourth stage of the championship.
Judges Keith Brown and Clifford Brown scored the bout 49-46 and 48-47 in favour of Davis, while world-renowned boxing judge Benoit Roussel scored it for the Canadian 48-47.
It was close going throughout the entire fifth round with the Canadian showing superior hand speed, nimble-footedness and scoring points to the face and body of Davis. Notwithstanding, Davis held in there in the latter rounds with his technical approach after scoring with repeated shots to the body and a few head shots from counters in the earlier rounds.
Davis also succeeded in nullifying much of Leblond’s sporadic storming flurry of punches which served to put the outcome in a balance to have probably gone either way. However, when ring announcer Oliver Hardy made the announcement of Davis as the winner, it was met with vociferous disapproval from the crowd.
Leblond, speaking through a translator, said: “I thought that I won the fight four rounds to one, but it was a good fight and I have accepted the decision of the judges. He also said: “I am willing to return to face Davis in another fight.”
Davis said: “I fought the final rounds of the bout with a certain amount of discomfort in my left shoulder and for that, it was a close fight. But I did enough to win and I thank God for that. Some of the crowd will be for me and some of them will be against me. They have their say. They paid to see us fight and their views should be respected.”