Jamaica's Richard ‘Frog’ Holmes delivered on his promise to beat Canada's Dave Leblond to remain on course for his first title in the Wray and Nephey Contender Boxing Series with a split decision win in semi-final one on Wednesday night at the Chinese Benevolent Association headquarters. The quicker Leblond was looking to exploit the well documented fitness weakness of Holmes in the seven round contest.
The Canadian employed a strategy of going to Holmes' body and then holding on to slow him down but the Jamaican quickly adjusted. Holms says he held nothing back as he booked his place in the final with a split decision victory as the judges scored the contest 2-1 in the Jamaican's favour. The socres read 69-63 and 67-66 to Holmes while Leblond was given the fight 67-66 on the card of the third judge.
The other finalist will be decided next week when 19 year old Mexican-born Canadian Ricardo Salas takes on former champion Devon ‘Concrete’ Moncriffe.