Andre Lambe is ready for spotlight, says promoter Teiko Furbert
Boxing promoter Teiko Furbert is convinced Bermuda is on the cusp of an explosion of success on the international stage and believes headliner for tomorrow’s Fight Night Champion card, Andre Lambe, is at the forefront of this push.
Lambe is the main draw for Epic Entertainment’s second fight card for the year, which like the first, staged in January, will be held at The Shed, Dockyard, starting at 7pm.
Furbert is throwing his support behind Lambe, who will square up against neophyte pugilist, Dajuan Robinson in the card’s main bout, with several other local and international fighters set to take the ring.
“It’s a very exciting fight card, it will be an explosive event for sure,” Furbert told The Royal Gazette ahead of today’s weigh-in at the same venue.
“I can say categorically that boxing is on the rise in Bermuda and will make a real name for itself in the boxing world in the short term.”
Furbert noted that Lambe’s last appearance, when he forced referee Anthony Mouchette to step in and end his fight against American Jose Ceja in the third of their four-round contest, was a clear indication of his readiness to carry a card.
“Well, he’s the most in-demand fighter as the up-and-coming knockout sensation, so he’s earned the right to headline his own event,” Furbert said. “I should also say that Nikki Bascome will be travelling away to train in Vegas for our next event.
“Partially, yes, his performance there [January bout] did play a part. Like I said, he has earned the right to be afforded the opportunity to be a headline fighter.
“He's proven that he is a crowd-pleaser. He is a fresh, innovative face to boxing and he carries a lot of personal energy and the people just seem to love it.
“He is very determined, he has a plan, he does not wait for someone to provide for him and he is a go-getter. That is one thing that really got my attention. He’s really just one of those that creates the opportunity and you cannot overlook that.”
Lambe’s record stands at 3-0.
Robinson, who arrived on island yesterday was less complimentary of the Bermudian and says he is looking to spoil Lambe’s big night.
The fighter, whose record — even in MMA — will do little to scare Lambe, is also not expecting his lack of experience as a boxer to affect him too much.
“I’m looking forward to it. Personally I don’t think me transferring from MMA to boxing is going to interfere with my performance,” said the American-based Robinson, who has lost his last six fights. “I know how to box and that’s what we are going to do.
“The one thing I do know for sure is that this is his home town, that’s it. I’m in his home, I am in his refrigerator and I am here to eat all his food.
“I have to be positive. I do not have my family and my fans to support me and have my back while I am out there. “But I am just going to go in there and throw a trail mix at him — I am going to mix it up, not in terms of my fighting style, but in terms of technique.”Furbert added: “This will be his debut in boxing so therefore he’s a great dark horse, a great unknown.
“All we know is that he does hit hard and I have been told by his management that he’s coming here to put on a show.”
Tomorrow’s action will also see Jaylon Roberts and Steven Sparks doing battle, with Bruce Perinchief versus Cole Durham, Quintin Abbott against Ngai Franklin, Cyril Whitter v Adrian McPhee and Kallan Todd versus Jan Castillo being the other main bouts on the fight card.
The event will be shown live on channel82.bm with Furbert promising a full entertainment package during and after the card.