Lambe to face Portuguese in co-main event
Andre Lambe will be determined to put on a show in the co-main event during the Return Fight Night at the Fairmont Southampton next month.
Lambe, who goes by the moniker “Showtime”, has not lost on home soil for three years and will look to improve his amateur record of ten wins and six defeats when he faces Portuguese Bruno Couto.
Southpaw Lambe had expected to face local rival Mikey Parsons, but that proposed welterweight bout was shelved because of unforeseen circumstances.
A rematch against Jorge Guedes, who Lambe beat by technical knockout at the Fairmont Southampton two years ago, was also discussed, however, the Portuguese pugilist has since turned professional.
At 32 years of age, Couto, who fights out of the Don Kinguell Academy, has a record of 11 wins, eight defeats and one draw.
Nathan Dill, the Bermuda Boxing Federation president, said Couto will be determined to avenge the loss of gym-mate Guedes, who had to retire because of cut eye after an accidental headbutt by Lambe.
“Andre has faced serious opposition who often, on paper, have records far more significant than his,” Dill said.
“Watching replays of these fights, it would be silly to believe that Andre has benefited from any home-field advantage. Andre is very patient, calculated, and has a very high fight IQ.
“I expect this to be a great showing for Andre, although his opponent, Bruno Couto, is suspected to be a ringer of sorts and possibly give Andre a surprising bit of trouble.”
There will be several other “Bermuda v Portugal” amateur bouts on the undercard, with Jaylon Roberts, of Forty Rego's Gym, taking on Ricardo Teixeira in a light heavyweight bout, while Adrian Roach, of Controversy Gym, will meet Celestino Lima in a welterweight contest.
Meanwhile, Lovintz Tota, of Controversy Gym, has been pitted against another visiting fighter from the Don Kinguell Academy in Hugo Relvas.
Headlining the fight card on November 23 will be Fábio Costa and David Martínez, who will vie for the IBA International Welterweight Championship title vacated by Bermuda professional Nikki Bascome.
Portuguese Costa gained notoriety on the island after condemning Bascome to his only professional defeat via a technical knockout in 2017.
Mexican Martínez lost to Bascome on points in a hard-fought battle 11 months ago, also in Southampton.
Bascome chose to give up his IBA strap to free him up to pursue fights at super lightweight.