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Andre Lambe keen to extend unblemished record in front of home crowd

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Andre Lambe. (File photograph by Blaire Simmons)

Andre Lambe is on an impressive hat-trick.

The 26-year-old southpaw has been victorious in his first two fights among the professional ranks, both by way of first-round stoppages.

It is an unblemished record that the Bermudian is keen to maintain, when he locks horns with Jose Ceja, of the United States, in a four-round welterweight bout, on the undercard of the Epic Entertainment Fight Night Champion fight card, to be held at The Shed, in Dockyard, on Saturday night.

“I want to stay undefeated and I feel like I have the skill and definitely the drive and work ethic,” Lambe told The Royal Gazette.

“We’re on the right path. I have been working with the right people and have been in there with some guys that are at the top right now, and so I know where I stand.”

This is first time Lambe is fighting at this weight as a professional in what will be his first fight on home canvas, since stopping Canadian Mat Hinchey on his professional debut at the Fairmont Southampton in January 2020.

“I’m excited to fight back at home again, since we haven’t had a fight here in two years,” he added. “I’m just happy to put on a show back here again, especially after all the support I got when I was away. I noticed how many people were actually tuned in and stuff and so it’s going to be nice to actually be in front of the people here again.”

Lambe is up against an opponent ten years his senior in Ceja, whose professional record stands at one win, ten losses and two draws.

The American is the latest of several boxers, who had been lined up to fight Lambe in the upcoming bout.

“My opponent has been switched multiple times,” Lambe said. “I’ve been through a bunch of guys for this one.

“I think this is my eighth opponent with guys pulling out. The first guy pulled out and then the second got Covid and then after, they [promoters] kept asking people, who kept saying no, until I finally got somebody.”

Nevertheless, Lambe has done his homework on his more experienced opponent.

“We watched some footage of him and he seems like a tougher guy, so it should be an entertaining fight, if he can still bring that energy,” he added.

“He’s a southpaw as well, so it should be pretty exciting because we’re both southpaws.”

Lambe concedes the change of opponents has taken its toll on his preparations.

“It does affect you a little bit,” he said. “But in my training camp, especially in the beginning of your career, you want to try to work on all your basics; being fit and working on certain shots you need to improve on, so it doesn’t really affect that too much. It’s all just the delivery; how I am going to deliver my combinations and stuff on different guys.”

Lambe, who stopped South African Dominique Williams in his previous fight in Orlando last July, has been fully committed to the cause, training both at home and at the Impact Boxing and Fitness facility in Florida.

“I haven’t missed a day of training in camp,” he added. “I have been working hard and haven’t had any injuries or things like that. It’s been better than expected and everything has been going well.”

Lambe is among several Bermudians set to feature on the fight card, including Nikki Bascome, who will face Canadian Waseem El Sinawi in a lightweight bout, which will headline the event.

For further details visit www.epicbda.com or www.ptix.bm

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Published January 27, 2022 at 7:58 am (Updated January 28, 2022 at 7:56 am)

Andre Lambe keen to extend unblemished record in front of home crowd

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