Andre Lambe, Adrian Roach victorious at Fight Night Champion
Andre Lambe came good on his promise to put on a good show with an electrifying and dominant display, on the way to victory over Jose Ceja at the Epic Entertainment Fight Night Champion at The Shed, Dockyard, last night.
Referee Anthony Mouchette decided that the brutal punishment Lambe inflicted on the American opponent was enough and stopped the welterweight bout 1 min 26 sec in the third of four scheduled rounds.
It was a victory the Bermudian southpaw thoroughly deserved, as he dominated throughout on the way to improving his professional record to 3-0.
“That’s three in a row, that’s a hat-trick right there,” an elated Lambe told The Royal Gazette. “I feel great and ready to get back in there like next week, might as well keep it going.”
After making a grand entrance with his entourage to the pulsating beat of the Gombey drum, that got the crowd’s juices flowing, Lambe went straight to work on his opponent with some punishing body shots and combinations upstairs.
Ceja withstood the early onslaught and landed some clean shots of his own, after breaching his opponent’s defences to finish the opening round strongly.
Lambe continued to set the tempo at the start of the second round, punishing his opponent with more stinging body shots and a right hook that hurt Ceja.
The American received the first of three standing eight counts, as another flurry of combinations from Lambe upstairs took its toll.
Ceja was saved by the bell at the end of the round, as Lambe unloaded more vicious combinations to bring the sold out crowd to its feet.
However, his luck finally ran out in the next round.
Sensing blood, Lambe moved in for the kill with Ceja receiving two additional standing eight counts, before the fight was ultimately stopped.
It is the first time Lambe has ventured this far in a professional bout, as his previous wins were both first round stoppages.
“I do like 8 to 10 rounds in the gym, so it was you guys’ first time seeing me go cross the first,” he added.
“A lot of the stuff I have been working on in the gym, shots that we guys were working on that you didn’t get to see in past fights, I got to show you a little bit more tonight. We have been stepping our game up, looking at different things.”
The fight was Lambe’s first on home canvas since stopping Canadian Mat Hinchey on his professional debut at the Fairmont Southampton in January 2020.
“It was great and I’m happy to be back,” he said.
Meanwhile, also savouring victory with yet another sparkling display on the undercard was Lambe’s compatriot Adrian Roach, who secured an unanimous points decision against Canadian Jack Cabotaje.
The 19-year-old orthodox fighter dominated the three round amateur welterweight bout with a technical and tactical masterpiece in the ring.
It was virtually all one way traffic in the final round as Roach imposed his will on his opponent, who had just enough legs to go the distance.
“I wanted to impose my will and dictate the pace of the fight,” Roach said. “I wanted to make sure he wasn’t fighting at his pace.
“The key to success was just keep it constant with my punches, keeping the punch output really high, so I could overwhelm him with my shots. In the second round I got the knock down, which my coach was looking for.
“They wanted me to stop the fight. I wasn’t able to pull that off, but we got a spectacular performance for Bermuda, so I’m happy about that.
“I was one hundred per cent sure I was going to win.
“He (Cabotaje) kept up really well. He’s an excellent fighter and all props to him.”
The writing was on the wall in the second round as Roach scored a knock down as his punches continued to take their toll on his opponent.
“His glove touched the ground so he got knocked down,” the Crandall University student added. “That was a nice little confidence booster. I came out of the round really happy about that.”
Roach was also fighting at home for the first time in two years.
“It was amazing being home for the first time in two years,” he said. “It was like the proper homecoming that I needed.”
Bermuda was denied a clean sweep in the boxing matches as Dejon Benjamin lost on points to Canadian Ismail Mohammed in an amateur superheavyweight bout.
Benjamin dominated the early exchanges.
However, Mohammed seized a control after a straight right hurt his opponent, which he maintained the rest of the way to secure the win.