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Lena’s lesson is one of love and unity

People’s champion: Scott-Taylor will go toe-to-toe with Dulei in Dockyard on Saturday

Lena Scott-Taylor intends to teach opponent Kirunis Dulei a “boxing lesson” when the two women meet at the Extreme Entertainment Knockout Night in Dockyard on Saturday.

The four-times United States national champion and Women’s World Championship medallist boasts an unblemished record since turning professional, and she is determined to keep it that way against compatriot Dulei.

“I look to give her a boxing lesson and create a stepping stone towards my platform in Bermuda, boxing and in my local community,” Scott-Taylor said.

The lightweight boxer recorded a first-round knockout of Tameka Webb on her professional debut and then inflicted the same dose against Tarsha Ferguson.

Fighting in Bermuda has provided the 27-year-old Scott-Taylor with a huge incentive.

“I’m excited to fight in Bermuda for many reasons,” she said. “I absolutely love the beach life, my dream is to have at least one home near the water.

“I grew up in a Caribbean community, a friend from college and a distant cousin lived in Bermuda. I’m excited to feel the warmth of the culture.

“Most importantly, I long to fight in Bermuda to begin my message of spreading love and unity, especially within broken communities.

“This sport is lacking stars and people’s champions, and with nearly 20 years of experience, I look forward to this journey of giving back.”

The orthodox boxer said she will enter Saturday’s bout in tiptop shape both mentally and physically.

“My preparations have been exciting, training hard, studying my sport and most important staying mentally sharp with a positive attitude,” she said. “This game is 90 per cent mental.”

Scott-Taylor, who graduated from college with a bachelor’s degree in business and interned in a management programme at the Ritz Carlton Grand Lakes in Orlando, has lofty ambitions.

“As a national champion, I want to be a big name in boxing and potentially become one of the first females to sign with a big-name promoter,” she said.

The bout between Scott- Taylor and Dulei is part of a main event double-header also featuring welterweights Nikki Bascome, of Bermuda, and Claudele Duprier, of the US. Duprier is making his professional debut.

n Tickets for Saturday’s bouts can be purchased at Sports Source, Sports R’ Us, Audio Visual and online at BDATIX.BM.