LIVE UPDATES | Fight Night Champion ‒ Andre Lambe secures first round TKO victory over Dajuan Robinson
Bermudian hard-hitter Andre “Showtime” Lambe wasted little time in getting rid of Dajuan Robinson after securing a first-round TKO victory over the US-based fighter at Epic Entertainment’s Fight Night Champion main event bout at The Shed, Dockyards, on Saturday.
Lambe, who said after his win that he needed to catch a fight on ESPN in town, was clearly in a rush to get somewhere, putting down the MMA specialist four times in the opening round, eventually forcing referee Anthony Mouchette to stop the fight after 2 minutes and 50 seconds, to secure his fourth straight knockout victory in as many professional bouts.
“I feel great, I am ready to go back in again. I want to thank Epic Entertainment for putting these fights on. I am happy the youths are getting a chance to do what we need to do to get where we need to get to,” said Lambe, hardly a bead of sweat anywhere.
This was Robinson’s seventh straight loss in all formats.
“I am going to keep doing what I do, I am going to keep knocking them out. I want to thank everyone who came out tonight, keep supporting us and we will take it to the top,” said Lambe.
Lambe will next feature on the Bermuda vs Jamaica fight card in May, which is set to be headlined by Nikki Bascome and Kevin ‘Bus Boy’ Hylton.
Andre Lambe v Dajuan Robinson
Here we go, it’s time for the big fight of the night. Andre Lambe arrives to the stage as colourful as ever where he finds MMA specialist Dajuan Robinson.
Lambe gets straight to business, landing two left crosses to the head of Robinson, it’s clear what his intentions are, he is looking to get home quickly tonight and there he goes! Robinson gets dropped face first to the canvas!
Wow, Robinson again tastes the canvas and we are barely getting settled into this contest.
This is a slaughter! Robinson goes down for a third time in the round after a crippling shot to the body and folks, it’s all over.
The judges clocked it at 2 minutes and 50 seconds in the first round, it’s a technical knockout victory for Andre Lambe who improves his record to 4-0.
Jan Castillo v Jaylon Roberts
(Winner: Jan Castillo)
Jaylon Roberts got a good start landing at least four solid short right hooks to his enthusiastic opponent who while busy, did little to convince the judges. A frosty exchange at the bell between both fighters promised a feisty finish.
Castillo’s defence was suspicious throughout the fight and he left himself open to a few shots to the head with Roberts again scoring good combinations to confirm his advantage in the fight.
Just when it seemed that Roberts was cruising in a comfortable position, he engaged in a toe-to-toe with Castillo and got caught with a hook that sent him crashing to the canvas, as Castillo secured the victory in the end.
Steven Sparks v Kallan Todd
Both fighters enjoyed good moments in the opening exchanges, with Bermudian teenager Kallan Todd connecting well with a left cross and the more-experienced Steven Sparks showing his abilities with a three-punch combination which ended with a straight right in a close and exciting opening round.
The American doubled down on his left jab-right cross approach, wearing down his young opponent with steady scoring in the second round. But Todd rallied with 20 seconds remaining in the round to give the judges something to think about.
Sparks came out to the third-round bell and connected straight away with a left hook but looked rather spent as the round wore on, encouraging Todd, who tried to land combinations but lacked power behind his punches as Sparks, on his last legs, managed to hold on for the bell.
Adrian McPhee v Cyril Whitter
(Winner: Cyril Whitter)
Great start by these two, Cyril Whitter brought the early pressure with some quick jabs and combinations but Adrian McPhee bounced back really well towards the end of the round with a big left cross to knock back his opponent’s head and show that he has some real power in those hands.
After basically taking the second round off, both boxers showed a lot more ill intent towards the other with Whitter scoring well throughout with several straight right shot to McPhee, who tried to put down his man with a number of big hooks, which mostly grazed off Whitter’s shoulders.
Whitter ended the round with a flurry, connecting with a right and a left to McPhee’s temple to underline his dominance in what was a really good fight.
Bruce Perinchief v Cole Durham
(Winner: Cole Durham)
Well if the first 20 seconds are anything to go by, this one is looking more like a street fight and less like a boxing match. These two might as well be squaring off behind a bar somewhere, but no one is complaining!
Out of nowhere, a few textbook jabs from Perinchief hits the mark and just as we start to expect a nice technical fight to develop, here comes a couple wild swings. To be fair to Durham, he has made a bit more of an effort to box but it’s Perinchief who is making the telling connections.
However, Durham rallies with a solid left cross to send Perinchief to the canvas and secure the victory.
Josef Ferreira v Aaron Lugo Jr
Josef Ferreira has a bit more experience than Aaron Lugo Jr but both youngsters showed good ring craft and poise in the opening round, with Ferreira probably doing enough ‒ just about ‒ to take the round.
Much of the same in the second round, Ferreira doing well to keep a charging Lugo Jr at bay with his jab and taking advantage of the openings to put some hurt on his younger opponent.
Lugo Jr shows a lot of heart, belying his smaller frame, but Ferreira isn’t giving him any chance to get close enough while landing several telling blows to his body to wrap up, what was in the end, a very comfortable fight for him.
Quintin Abbott v Gabriel Jaquez
Active start by these two from the opening bell, with the first round bringing a lot of action, even if there was precious little between both fighters.
Jaquez stays on the front foot in the second round, pushing Abbott towards the ropes, always on the hunt for the uppercut but Abbott keeps him honest with a few good punches of his own.
Abbott shows good footwork and seems comfortable in this third round, delivering a good combination that came after a solid jab, as he finally seems to realise that he has massive reach advantage on his opponent.
Good end to this one in what was a solid and exciting display by both fighters.
Dameko Francis v Leo Foster
Not much happened in this one as neither fighter showed much enterprise throughout the much of the contest.
Foster makes a charge in the third round and takes the initiative to his opponent and would have been happy with his overall showing.
All set for Fight Night Champion
Welcome to The Royal Gazette’s live coverage of tonight’s Fight Night Champion card, which takes place at The Shed, in Dockyard.
Bermudian showstopper Andre Lambe is getting ready for his first headline fight and will be looking to continue his rise in the professional ranks with a win against American Dajuan Robinson, who hails from Detroit, Michigan.
The other main bouts on the fight card include the match-up between Cyril Whitter and Adrian McPhee, Bruce Perinchief versus Cole Durham and Jaylon Roberts against Steven Sparks.
We will be providing results of each fight leading up to the main event, for which we will be sharing round-by-round updates.