Andre Lambe improves to 2-0 with first-round stoppage in Orlando
Andre Lambe admits the swift demolition of South African Dominique Williams on his overseas professional debut at the weekend surpassed expectations.
The Bermudian southpaw said he expected more resistance from his opponent during their super-lightweight bout on the Undisputed Promotions Clash of the Titans professional fight card at the Caribe Royale Resort in Orlando, Florida, on Saturday night.
However, Lambe virtually had things all his own way in a convincing first-round stoppage that improved his record as a professional to 2-0.
“I was surprised the fight ended early because he was very aggressive and a very tough guy from his previous fights that I watched,” Lambe told The Royal Gazette. “I was expecting it would take me a little bit longer for me to do that.
“I’m just thankful that everything that I worked for and my training has come through.”
After exposing his opponent’s vulnerability, Lambe moved in for the kill.
“I took my time and once I saw some weakness, that’s when I started to put the pressure on,” he said.
“I went out there with my game plan, stuck the jab and stuff like that. Once I saw that my punches were actually very effective on him, then I was OK that I could push the envelope and that’s when I started to push forward.”
The big turning point in the bout came when Lambe dislocated Williams’s left shoulder with a vicious hook.
“I hit him with a hook and knocked his shoulder out of socket,” Lambe added. “I hit him with a right hook and his whole shoulder came out.”
Despite the serious nature of Williams’s injury, the referee allowed the bout to continue.
“The referee saw it, but I guess he was trying to give him a chance,” Lambe said. “I don’t know what was going on, but I did my job.”
The injury left Williams virtually defenceless, which Lambe methodically exploited before finally finishing the job with another potent left hook that sent his opponent crashing to the canvas.
“After that [shoulder injury], I took my time to just place the right shots,” Lambe added. “Sometimes guys can be dangerous when they are hurt like that, so that’s why I took my time.
“It don’t make sense running in all wild and getting knocked out by a one-arm guy. That would not look too good, so I took my time, picked my shots and finished him off after that.”
Lambe had plenty of support him from a group of vociferous Bermudians at ringside during the scheduled four-round bout, which aired on pay-per-view.
“It was a lot of Bermudians in the house and when I got up there it was crazy,” he said. “They were making a lot of noise and that made me feel comfortable — like I was back home.
“It was like one of my regular shows, plus I have a good bit of fans out in Florida now, too. So just with everybody collectively supporting me, I felt very comfortable over there.”
Both of Lambe’s victories as a professional have come via first-round stoppages having inflicted the same on Canadian Mat Hinchey on his debut in the paid ranks at the Fairmont Southampton in January 2020.
“Both fights were great,” Lambe said. “The pro debut was great and this was on that same level.”