Lambe vows to bow out as amateur in style
Andre Lambe has vowed to “bring the heat” when he steps between the ropes to face Portuguese Bruno Couto at the Fairmont Southampton tonight.
The Bermudian southpaw will go toe-to-toe with his rival in a three-round welterweight bout, and he is determined to end his amateur career on a winning note before he turns professional in the new year.
“It's showtime and I'm going for the win and bringing the heat,” declared Lambe, whose amateur record stands at 10-6.
“I expect him to bring his best and I'm just going to try and have every avenue covered on what he might bring.”
Lambe and Couto are fighting on the undercard of the main event between David Martinez and Fábio Costa for the vacant IBA International Welterweight Championship.
“It's always a boost fighting in front of the home crowd,” Lambe added. “Just being an inspiration for people and having people cheer you on, especially if you might not be doing good in the ring. They give you that lift, that boost to push through.”
The 24-year-old, who fights out of Forty Rego's Gym, has prepared for the bout as he would any other.
“I just keep doing what I always do,” Lambe said. “That's what's gotten me here, so I'm just going to keep doing what I'm doing and progress. We've been working on stuff in the camp, tightening up on certain things and getting better as always.”
Lambe has plenty of experience in his corner to draw from with the addition of Bermuda Sports Hall of Fame inductee Troy Darrell to his coaching staff. Darrell compiled a phenomenal 26-3 record as a professional middleweight, including 23 knockouts.
“I've had Troy Darrell in the camp and we have been doing some intense stuff,” Lambe said. “Troy had 26 wins when he was in the game and he has been taking some of those techniques he learnt and shown me. I've tried to be as receptive as I can and he seems to really enjoy coaching me. We have been gelling pretty good and are definitely on the same page.”
Another fighter from Forty Rego's Gym facing Portuguese opposition on tonight's undercard will be Jaylon Roberts, who will take on Ricardo Teixeira, of Don Kinguell Academy in Porto.
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.
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.
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.
The Fairmont Southampton is offering a $99 room rate for event patrons with proof of ticket purchase
Tickets costing $225 for ringside, $175 for VIP and $85 for general admission, are on sale from Sports R Us, Cafe Açoreano, Kit N Caboodle, Sousa's Landscaping Southampton or online at www.bdatix.bm.
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