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Invaluable experience: Andre Lambe, right, sparring with WBO featherweight world title contender Christopher Diaz at the Impact Boxing Gym in Florida
Easy night's work: Andre Lambe stopped Mat Hinchey in the first round at the Fairmont Southampton on his professional debut (Photograph by Blaire Simmons)

Andre Lambe is relishing a long-awaited return to the ring ahead of his second professional bout, and debut in the United States, scheduled for July.

Having made a scintillating start to life in the paid ranks with a first-round stoppage of Canadian Mat Hinchey at the Fairmont Southampton in January 2020, the 25-year-old has been forced through the global pandemic to wait for an opportunity to build on that.

A bout against Jamaican Toriano Nicholas, rescheduled to be in Bermuda last month, was cancelled, but his wait finally appears to be coming to an end with the news of a bout against an unconfirmed opponent planned for July in Florida.

“I have my next fight scheduled for July 24,” the super-lightweight said. “I’m just waiting on the confirmation, including who my opponent will be.

“I was happy with my pro debut but I wasn’t fully satisfied. There were things I could have done better and I’ve been working hard to improve those aspects.

“Whoever I face in July I can tell you I’ll definitely be ready. Nothing is being rushed and plenty of preparation has gone in to make sure I’m fully prepared for July.

“I’m confident there will be no ring rust by the time I fight again, and hopefully I can just go out and remind people what I’m all about and put on a show.”

Not one to rest on his laurels; Lambe has spent the past three months honing his skills in the United States after accepting the invitation to train at Impact Boxing Gym in Orlando, Florida.

It is an opportunity that he feels he has fully seized, with sparring sessions against the likes of WBO featherweight world title contender Christopher Diaz, proving an invaluable experience in elevating his fight craft.

“Being out here has been better than I actually expected,” Lambe added. “I’m training and sparring with some really good boxers who are preparing for fights, so it has been really beneficial for me.

“That July fight will be a long time coming from my debut, but I feel like the past few months training out here have actually been more beneficial than if I had jumped into another fight.

“I’ve improved a lot. Working with different people, different styles and different levels of partner has really brought me on.

“I have sparred with people like Christopher Diaz who has a world title fight next week and that was just amazing.

“You could immediately recognise the level he is at, especially his boxing intelligence, and he was humble enough to pass on some tips for me to improve on.

“Since February I’ve been working extremely hard and using what I’ve learnt from being out here. It is a huge opportunity for me and being around guys who are getting ready for fights has forced me to be at their level in training. It’s been a privilege to be around the guys that I have.

“Training has been at a really high intensity and I’m in better shape than I have ever been in prior to a fight.

“I just feel like you’re going to see a more well-rounded boxer than ever before come July.”

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Published April 14, 2021 at 8:00 am (Updated April 15, 2021 at 8:37 am)

Andre Lambe promises to be better than ever in July bout

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