Andre Lambe looking for overseas fight after claiming another title
Andre Lambe became the first Bermudian to hold two belts after beating Mexican Crisanto Lucio to clinch the vacant American Boxing Organisation welterweight title at The Shed in Dockyard in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Lambe masterfully controlled the six-round welterweight bout throughout; slipping the majority of his opponents punches before picking his moments to land stinging scoring combinations on his way to earning a unanimous points decision.
The victory means the 27-year-old extends his flawless professional record to 7-0 and adds another title to his collection after claiming the vacant American Boxing Federation welterweight belt last October.
“For everyone that didn’t believe me, I hope I made you believers,” said Lambe, who concedes he was underwhelmed by Lucio, who came into the bout with victories in all five of his previous fights.
“On paper that definitely should have been my toughest test but he wasn’t as tough as I thought he was going to be. I’ve had tougher fights and others have brought more intensity. He seemed like he was scared to engage.
“It was about sticking to my gameplan. We worked nine weeks for this fight so it didn’t make any sense doing anything stupid to throw it away. Even though it is just me in the ring , it is a team sport and we got the job done.
“That still wasn’t my best performance and there is a lot more to come. I had a great training camp and I want to keep showing people what I can truly do because I’m on my way.”
Having further enhanced his burgeoning professional career, Lambe concedes he now needs to test himself outside the confines of Bermuda in order to gain greater exposure and experience.
“I definitely want to go away and get more exposure,” he added. “If I can go away, hopefully I can get more eyes on Bermuda and bring bigger fights to the island in the future.
“We’re going to see what’s next. I need to sit down with my team and see what that next stage is. Maybe I’ll be fighting overseas, who knows, we’ll just have to see.
“I’m going to keep putting in the hard work and keep on building.”
After a fairly tentative opening round with both boxers feeling one another out, the fight sparked into life with Lambe connecting with a flush right hook, followed up by punishing combination of jabs and body shots, as the Bermudian looked to seize the initiative.
With Lambe continuing to be measured in his approach, weaving his way around the ring before striking, Lucio attempted to disrupt, baiting the Bermudian by dropping his hands and goading him to engage at close quarters throughout the third.
It was a move he came to regret as Lambe duly obliged over the next two rounds, peppering his opponent with a flurry of combinations which connected at regular intervals.
It was in the fifth round that Lambe upped his intensity, landing a stinging left-right combination straight after the bell before connecting with a strong right hook followed with a flush straight left that snapped Lucio’s head back.
Down on points, the Mexican tried once again to engage in the final round but failed to land any meaningful shots on Lambe, who continued to slip and evade with ease before ending the round with a final flush right hook.
The final bell was met with wild celebrations by the Bermudian and his adoring crowd, confident in the knowledge he had done enough to earn victory and a second title.
In the other professional fight on the card, Mikey Parsons suffered a technical knockout in his super-welterweight encounter against American Zeleck Ruiz.
The fight was stopped 1min 55sec into the second round on advice of doctor due to a cut to Parsons nose, which he later revealed he feared was broken.
After a long deliberation between Parsons, the doctor and referee Tony Mouchette, the decision was made to halt the fight.
For Parsons, whose record now stands at 1-2, it was a particularity disappointing return to the ring after he voiced his frustration about a lack of action since turning professional three years ago.
“It don’t think it was intentional but in one exchange I think he followed through with one of his shots with his arm which caught my nose,” said Parsons in the decisive moment of the bout.
“I don’t want to take anything away from Zeleck, I have nothing but respect for him. After the incident I was seeing double out of the left eye and so even though I wanted to continue, I have to think about my overall health down the line.
“I know I’ve probably let people down but the main thing for me is that I’m able to go home to my son.
“Boxing is a brutal sport and I accept that this sort of thing comes with the territory. In the grand scheme it is just a fight and I still have to go back to work next week. It’s disappointing but I’ll be back for sure, I have no doubt about that.”
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