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Holmes hungry for Contender success

first_imgRichard ‘Frog’ Holmes is adamant his craving for the Wray & Nephew Contender boxing title will be over when he faces the electrifying youngster, Ricardo ‘Magic Man’ Salas, in what is anticipated to be a monumental showdown for the 2018 crown at the National Indoor Sports Centre tomorrow. “The way I’m hungry for this, it’s like I’m not eating – like mi nuh eat for how many days,” said Holmes, about the Wray & Nephew Contender title. “I’m so hungry. Nobody is going to take my food out of my mouth because I’m going to war for my food. It’s just like when a hungry dog is there and him food throw down and you try to take it. Him a go bite you up. I’m hungry for it.” The ultimate clash in the Team Jamaica vs Team Canada series will be broadcast live on TVJ, starting at 9:30 p.m. The winner shall claim the 2018 Wray and Nephew Contender welterweight championship belt, plus $2 million, with $500,000 going to the runner-up, $250,000 for third, and $200,000 for fourth. Holmes, whose career was influenced by viewing fights on TV, is hoping that there will be much to celebrate by residents watching from Stony Hill, where his career started. His early passion, though, was soon fed into a channel when Carl Grant Jr, his current trainer, introduced street fights to Stony Hill in 2007. He admitted not accepting Grant’s initial offer to join Bruising Gym because he was doing construction work. “Eventually I went to the gym and trained like about three to four months until they had the National Championship in November and there’s where I made my debut,” he said. Holmes ended up winning the title and went on a 12-game winning streak. However, he took a fight while not in training and lost at fight 13. In 2012, he first fought in the Wray and Nephew Contender Series and became a pro, noting its contribution to his overall development. “I’ve gained a lot of experience over the years after turning professional in 2012, where I went up against Donovan ‘Police’ Campbell in the semi-finals. After that I went up against people like Sakima Mullings, Kemahl ‘Hit Man’ Russell, ‘Concrete’ Moncriffe (Devon) and ‘Chop Chop’ Corley. It has helped me a lot, moving forward and in this competition,” said Holmes, who in the early days was straight aggression, but is now more measured. “For the finals, it’s going to be a different fight, a much bigger improvement same way. I’m pacing myself, I’m controlling my breathing, I’m controlling the rounds. I know when to step up in the round, I know when to cool down.” “One of the things that I’m sure, sure, sure say that you can expect from me in the final is that I’m going to lift the Wray & Nephew 2018 Contender championship belt on the 25th of July,” Holmes predicted. “You’re going to see a Holmes that’ll make you say you never knew that Holmes existed, a brand new Holmes, a sharper Holmes, a Holmes who is going to be hitting, moving, turning all angles, lifting all stones, turning all blocks. You’re going to see a Holmes who is hungry.”last_img read more

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