Lambe hoping another win on the cards
Andre Lambe says he is not overly concerned about where his bout features on the fight card and is only focused on putting on a winning show.
Despite being arguably the island’s top amateur, Lambe found himself someway down the “Redemption” undercard, headlined by professional Nikki Bascome, at the Fairmont Southampton last November.
Lambe admits he felt a little snubbed by the promoters before his welterweight bout against Alex Navarro, but did not dwell on the disappointment, defeating his Canadian opponent by a unanimous decision.
The southpaw’s contest against Mathankan Iranjan, from Grant’s Gym in Toronto, will be the first main event at Teachers Rugby Fight Night at the Berkeley Institute on Saturday.
Lambe said he has no issue coming on before Tyler Christopher and Corey Boyce, his Forty Rego’s Gym stablemates, but believes he has earned his right at the front end of any local card.
“I don’t necessarily care where I am on the card as long as they stack it according to who has earned it,” Lambe said.
“I’m not taking anything away from the guys above me [on the “Redemption” card], but I’ve been fighting in front of the Bermudian crowds for a long time. I’ve earned a higher spot on the card. I did feel like I was overlooked a little bit and it could have been political; I try not to wrap my head around it.
“When you get in the ring it’s a fight; it doesn’t matter where on the card it is.”
Lambe has been sparring with headliner Corey Boyce, who is returning to the ring after a 2½-year absence, and is looking forward to watching the heavyweight make up for lost time.
“Tyler has earned his spot on the board and Boyce is making his comeback,” Lambe said. “I believe Boyce should be the main event and that should be a great way to end the night.
“Boyce weighs about 40 pounds more than me. He has definitely helped build up my durability in sparring.
“A lot of heavyweights are slower fighters but he has been picking up his speed. I think we’re both helping each other.”
Several rugby players have been training at Forty Rego’s Gym in Warwick as they prepare for their first forays into the ring. Lambe said the influx of newcomers has been a welcome addition to the gym.
“It’s nice to see some new faces,” he said. “It helps break up the monotony a little bit and gives us some new looks.
“It’s been exciting to see how the rugby guys have been training in the gym. They have been trying to hold on to the information that we’ve been giving them. You can tell that they’re learning.”
Along with Christopher, Lambe represented Bermuda at the Cental American and Caribbean Games in Barranquilla, Colombia, last summer.
The pair will be looking to reach the Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru, in July when they compete at a qualifying competition in Nicaragua in April.
“The training is not going to stop after this fight,” Lambe added.
“We will be looking to up our game for the qualifiers. It should be a great experience.”
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