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Andre Lambe showed a boxing maturity beyond his 21 years after outsmarting his more seasoned opponent during their amateur welterweight bout at North Field on Saturday.

Lambe scored a unanimous points win over Corey Moore, of USA Baltimore Boxing, with a controlled performance in which he frustrated his rival by using brains rather than brawn.

Moore was the more experienced of the fighters, on paper at least with in excess of 18 bouts, but it was the ever-improving and impressive Lambe who looked the far more accomplished.

“It was obvious that he'd had a lot of fights and his countering was pretty good,” said Lambe, who improved his record to seven wins, of which three are walkovers, and three losses.

“I could just feel the vibe in the ring that I was the more dominant fighter.”

With both boxers relying on technical skills, the bout never threatened to descend into an untidy brawl, although it quickly became clear that it was southpaw Lambe who had the sharper skill-set.

By the third and final round Moore's body language was that of a beaten man.

“The crowd may not have been happy with the punch volume but styles make fights and we both had similar styles,” Lambe said.

“By the third round I could see defeat in his eyes. Whenever the referee came and said ‘break' [Moore] was looking away and stuff like that. I could tell he wasn't engaged and that's when I pressed the action.

“This win was a step up in my eyes and it was a different type of fight. It wasn't just a brawl or me trying to survive.”

Zain Philpott, Lambe's stablemate at Forty Rego's Gym, will have plenty of food for thought after suffering his first defeat via a unanimous decision.

Philpott, fighting for the first time since switching from sanshou to boxing, was stifled and overwhelmed by southpaw Kristian Brown's bull-like rushes and clubbing left hands.

Brown, of Heavy Hitting Boxing in Connecticut, might not have been pretty but he exposed Philpott's lack of lateral movement and continually smothered the Bermudian's work.

Philpott remained philosophical in defeat and said he had learnt plenty from his harsh lesson.

“It was a different set of pressure on me and he showed me what I need to work on,” said Philpott, who had won his previous four boxing bouts. “It's back to basics for me for now.

“I was warned he may come to brawl and he kept backing me against the ropes and definitely had the greater arm strength.

“He wanted to grapple and wrestle and it was constant fatigue for me. I need to learn how to deal with that.”

Robert Somner, of Controversy Gym, returned to winning ways after back-to-back defeats to Philpott with a classy performance against a stubborn if limited Victor Santos.

Somner simply had too much quality for Santos, of Heavy Hitting Gym, with the Bermudian's unanimous points victory even including some mischievous showboating in the final round.

“My opponent was tough and was able to take some good shots,” Somner said.

“I just tried to stay on top of my jab and keep control of the rounds.

“I like to try and put on a bit of a show for the crowd and I hope they enjoyed it.”

Matthew Tannock, of Rego's Gym, could be excused for feeling hard done by after losing a close fight to Markees Hines, of USA Baltimore, via a majority decision.

Hines received a pair of standing eight-counts but still had his hand raised at the end of the fight.

“He had two standing eights and I felt like I threw more punches as well,” Tannock said.

“I did kind of slow down in the third round, but I really thought I'd done enough.”

In the opening bout on the undercard Jaylon Roberts, of Rego's Gym, earned a points victory over Courtney Dublin, of Bermuda Police Gym.

It's showtime: southpaw Lambe throws a left hook at his opponent Moore, of USA Baltimore Boxing, in their amateur welterweight contest at North Field (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Tough night's work: middleweight Zain Philpot, of Rego's Gym, is forced back onto the ropes during his points defeat to Kristian Brown, of Heavy Hitting Boxing in Connecticut (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Stars of tomorrow: Zion Trott, left, and Josef Ferreria, both of Controversy Gym, connect with jabs. Fereria won the bout (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Target practice: Robert Somner, of Controversy Gym, lands a vicious right hand during his middleweight bout with Victor Santos, of Heavy Hitting Boxing. Somner won via a unanimous decision (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Working the jab: Jay Roberts, of Rego's Gym, beat fellow light heavyweight Courtney Dublin, of Bermuda Police Gym, on points (Photograph by Akil Simmons)
Sweaty work: Matthew Tannock, of Forty Rego's Gym, takes a heavy punch from Markees Hines, of USA Baltimore Boxing. Hines was awarded a controversial majority points victory in their amateur welterweight bout at North Field on Saturday (Photograph by Akil Simmons)

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Published May 08, 2017 at 9:00 am (Updated May 08, 2017 at 12:46 am)

Lambe steps up with classy show

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