Oracle rigger to step between the ropes
The last time Jeff Causey and Courtney Dublin shared the ring was for a light sparring session at Oracle Team USA’s gym in Dockyard.
Neither men could have imagined at the time they would be pitted against each other in a Bermuda Boxing Federation sanctioned amateur light-heavyweight bout.
Causey, the Oracle rigger and wing project manager, and Dublin, who fights out of Police Gym, step between the ropes at tomorrow’s Fight Night on the Beach at Snorkel Park in Dockyard.
“I’ve met him [Dublin] and actually did a couple of light rounds with him before I knew I’d be in a proper match with him,” Causey said. “We are both a similar height and probably have similar styles [orthodox] so I think it will be a good fight.”
The bout is Causey’s first as an amateur.
“I’ve never done it before and I don’t know how much you can learn from the sparring really,” he said. “You never know how much guys hold back when sparring and surely it will be a bit different.”
Causey is coming up against a more experienced opponent.
“He’s got roughly twice the experience I do, I think it will be tough,” he said. “He’s done one fight a year ago and presumably has been boxing a year before that at least and I think he’s sharp.”
The Seattle native initially started boxing with Brent Humphreys, the Oracle boxing trainer, to stay fit before taking the sport more seriously.
“The team does boxing training as sort of a fitness thing and I started taking it a bit more seriously with Brent over the past year,” Causey said.
“Over the summer I asked Brent what he thought about the idea of me competing and what it would look like, and then we went away for a two-week break.
“He came to me right after the break and said, ‘We’re on, we’re going to do this’ and I said, ‘OK’.
“I guess he got in touch with Nathan Dill [the Bermuda Boxing Federation president], learnt they were putting on this event and were looking for some guys to be on the bottom of the card and that’s how it came up.
“I was thinking six months or next spring and he said, ‘September 4’, which was in three weeks, and I’ve just been hitting it hard since then. Brent has organised it all and I have just gone along for the ride.”
Jimmy Spithill, the Oracle skipper and former amateur boxer, believes his Oracle colleague is well conditioned for the bout.
“He’s looking great,” Spithill said. “Very sharp and he has a great low-key attitude.”
Tomorrow’s card will be headlined by Bermudian Andre Lambe, of Forty Rego’s Gym, who hopes to improve his amateur record of one win and two defeats against Dorian Bostic, of Baltimore.
Also in action 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, in a kick-boxing bout.
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.