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Fairmont is the place to box – Lambe

Learning experiences: amateur boxer Andre Lambe

Andre Lambe has hailed the Fairmont Southampton as the “home of Bermuda boxing” and believes he has become a more rounded fighter since he last fought at the hotel.

The 23-year-old faces Alex Navarro, of Grants/Rival Gym in Ontario, on the “Redemption” card, headlined by professional Nikki Bascome tomorrow night.

In Lambe’s previous appearance at the hotel, he beat Jorge Guedes via technical knockout after the Portuguese was forced to retire because of a cut above his right eye.

“If you want to show out, the Fairmont Southampton is the place to do it,” said Lambe, of Forty Rego’s Gym. “It has an aura about it and an air of professionalism. All the fans come out dressed up and that makes you feel like you have to step up to the plate. It’s a prime location.”

The southpaw’s previous two fights have been overseas, at the Central American and Caribbean Games qualifiers in Tijuana, Mexico, in March and the CAC Games in Barranquilla, Colombia. He may have lost both of his bouts, but Lambe said he learnt some valuable lessons.

“When you go to these overseas competitions, you pick up on things and bring them home and practise,” Lambe added.

“I would go and watch the Cubans train, the Mexicans train [at the CAC Games] and see how they move. I’ve definitely picked up some new tricks. I also had a lot of good sparring at those competitions.”

Lambe, who has ten wins from 15 amateur welterweight bouts, has not fought at home since beating Canadian Daniel Roach at CedarBridge Academy in February. Also fighting that night was Navarro, his opponent on Saturday, who was awarded a controversial, split-decision win over Michael Parsons, of Controversy Gym.

Parsons, a former Bermuda footballer, returns to the ring on Saturday in a welterweight bout against Jack Cabotaje, of Grants/Rival Gym. “I don’t know too much about [Navarro],” Lambe said. “I didn’t see the other fights that night.”