‘Lambe must win final amateur outing’
Andre Lambe will step between the ropes for the final time as an amateur when he faces Portuguese Bruno Couto during the Return Fight Night at the Fairmont Southampton.
Lambe has not lost on home soil for three years and will look to improve his amateur record of ten victories and six defeats when he faces Couto in the co-main event on November 23.
The welterweight is expected to make his professional debut on the undercard of Nikki Bascome's bout against Britain's Ryan Oliver at the Fairmont Southampton on January 18.
Nathan Dill, the Bermuda Boxing Federation president, believes it is imperative that southpaw Lambe enters the paid ranks on the back on winning performance.
“A defeat on November 23 would be detrimental for Andre's forward momentum and pro boxing aspirations,” Dill said. “It may mean his team delaying the transition in order to further develop his craft on the amateur circuit which would translate into time and opportunity lost.
“Andre has been putting in a lot of work with his team, which includes former professional boxer Troy Darrell, his head trainer Varo Pelon Andrade and Jermal ‘Goofy' Woolridge, who is also the national team technical coach.”
Lambe, of Forty Rego's Gym, has gained plenty of overseas experience in the past few years, representing Bermuda at the Central American Caribbean Games in Barranquilla, Colombia, last year, and the Pan American Games qualifiers in Nicaragua in April.
Another Forty Rego's fighter facing Portuguese opposition on November 23 will be Jaylon Roberts, who will take on Ricardo Teixeira, of Don Kinguell Academy in Porto
“Jaylon won at his 2017 outing against Portuguese Nuno Dos Santos and, of course, Don Kinguell Academy will be looking also to avenge that loss,” Dill said.
“Jaylon is an often underrated fighter because he is such a humble, quiet guy on the outside, but he transforms into a beast in the ring. He continues to train hard, has good power and I have especially enjoyed watching his progress over the years. He does continue to grow immensely each fight.”
Adrian Roach, 17, one of the island's top prospects, will look to add to his growing reputation with a strong display against Angolan Celestino Lima, who is representing Portugal.
Roach, of Controversy Gym, has a record of four wins from five bouts and twice fought in North America this year.
“Bermuda should be incredibly proud of this young man,” Dill added. “Adrian will be one to watch as he is young and hungry right now.
“Adrian's development over the last two years has been astounding and is a great credit to coach Leo Richardson and the team at Controversy Gym.
“Adrian has been steadily improving in the gym yet will be the underdog in his upcoming bout with Celestino Lima, who has been both a regional and national junior champion.
“This fight will be both a test for Adrian and his coaching team, who did not hesitate when given the opportunity to pit him against a more seasoned fighter.”
Fighting for the first time in Bermuda will be Lovintz Tota, who represents Just Box Ltd, under trainer Janos Lindsay. He will be up against Portuguese Hugo Relvas.
“Lovintz has been on the peripheral for a while now and came into boxing already as an established track athlete and therefore has set a high standard for himself,” Dill said.
Also on the undercard will be a local kickboxing bout between Che Durham, of the Bermuda Sanshou Association, and Mike Walsh, of Bermuda Killer Bees.
In main event, Portuguese Fábio Costa will take on Mexican David Martínez for the IBA International Welterweight Championship title.
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