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Lambe looks to dazzle under the stars

Photograph by Akil SimmonsSlick southpaw: Lambe lands a jab during a sparring session with stablemate Bascome at Forty Rego’s Gym in Warwick

Andre Lambe insists he will not be fazed when he boxes as a headliner for the first time at Fight Night on the Beach at Snorkel Park in Dockyard on Sunday.

Lambe faces Dorian D’Keith, of Baltimore, in the main event of a six-bout fight card and hopes to dazzle under the stars as he looks to improve his amateur record of one win and two defeats.

The 21-year-old said he does not feel any extra pressure to produce fireworks in front of an expected crowd of 600 spectators and has vowed to stick to the game plan drawn up by his coach Allan “Forty” Rego.

“I’m feeling the same amount of pressure I usually do when I fight and I’m not going to try to do anything different just because I’m headlining,” Lambe said.

“I’m not too surprised [about being the main event] as I’ve worked hard for this and I’ll just be trying to execute what I’ve been doing in training.

“I’m not looking to overdo things and I’ll just do what I normally do and people seem to like that anyway!”

With a record of six wins and three defeats, D’Keith has plenty of more rounds under his belt than Lambe, although the Bermudian is confident his slick southpaw skills will cause his opponent a plethora of problems.

“I know he’s had more fights than me and I think he’s coming off a loss, although that doesn’t mean anything,” Lambe said.

“I’ve seen footage of his fights and I know I’ve got the game plan to beat him. I’m not going to say anymore than that. I don’t expect anything different to what I’ve trained for.”

Lambe’s training camp at Forty Rego’s Gym in Warwick received a welcome boost when his stablemate Nikki Bascome returned from a training stint in Las Vegas to help him prepare for D’Keith.

Bascome, who turned professional 2½ years ago and could return to the ring next month, has been busy clocking up rounds with Lambe over the past two weeks.

“I tip my hat to Nikki,” Lambe added. “I’m really happy he came back from Las Vegas to spar with me and he’s really teaching me some of the things he’s perfected while he’s been away.

“We’ve had some really good sparring sessions and he’s picked up the pace and put a lot of pressure on me. This guy can’t bring anything more than what Nikki’s got.”

After starting his amateur career with a pair of defeats, Lambe marked his maiden win with a classy display against Shane Melo, of the MAS Academy of Martial Arts in Ontario, in November last year at the Fairmont Southampton.

He landed some fast and accurate combinations during that bout and believes he is very much a work in progress as he builds towards his dream of turning professional.

“Win or lose, I’m always learning and progressing,” Lambe said. “Even if I win, I’m still learning and building. I’m looking to get as many quality amateur fights as I can as I’d like to go professional eventually.”

Nathan Dill, the Bermuda Boxing Federation president, hopes that having Lambe as the headline act will help raise his profile on the island.

“We’re very happy to see Andre step up to the main event and we’re really watching his development closely,” Dill said.

“I know he wants to go professional one day and we’ll be looking to put him as the main event as often as we can until that door opens. He’s a phenomenal boxer with some raw talent.”

Dill said he is confident of a knockout night of amateur boxing and kick boxing at Snorkel Park — the first event of its kind to be held at the picturesque venue.

“Snorkel Park is looking to partner with us to expand our boxing venues in Bermuda,” he said. “It gives us a great option especially in the summer time.

“It’s definitely the first time there’s been boxing at Snorkel Park and it’s a great entertainment venue as a whole.

“We had a boxing exhibition there in June through Controversy Gym and that was like a litmus test for us and it went off excellently. We saw the potential of Snorkel Park as a venue and now it’s snowballed to the next level. We’re looking at the logistics of doing an even bigger professional event there.”

Also in action on Sunday will be Zain Philpott, of the Bermuda Sanshou Association, against Robert Somner, of Controversy Gym, and Keanu Wilson, of BSA, against Deondre Morris, of the Bermuda Karate Institute.

Tickets cost $40 in advance or $55 on the gate, while ringside seating is $60 in advance and $75 on the gate. Doors open at 6pm.