Jamaica’s Toriano Nicholas is anxious to get into the ring to battle Canada’s Dave Leblond in Wednesday’s Wray and Nephew Contender Series at the Chinese Benevolent Association.
Nicholas, with a ring record of one win, one draw and one loss, has been waiting for four years to showcase his talent on the weekly Contender Series and given the opportunity this year, he wants to take home the crown.
“My biggest motivation for the Contender boxing series is I’ve been looking to enter for four years now and I’ve finally gotten the chance. I’m here to show my talent and what I’ve got to offer,” he said.
“I think I have a very good chance of winning. I’ve got speed, I’ve got movement.”
Nicholas will be going up against the rugged Leblond, who debuted in the Contender last year and lost his opening match in a controversial decision to Tsetsi Davis but was given a reprieve when another of his countrymen withdrew.
Nicholas, however, is confident that he will be able to conquer the Canadian, having spotted weaknesses in his craft during his three fights last year.
“I’m very confident I’m going to win this fight. I’m in excellent shape right now. I’m in shape to fight five to six rounds,” he said.
“I know it’s going to be an interesting fight because he’s going to come hard. But he’s got to have the mindset, skill and rhythm to try and beat me. He has speed but does not have defense, lateral movement or anything else because if he doesn’t he can’t beat me.
“I saw him against Tsetsi. He throws a lot of punches, but like I said, he’s always open. As long as I’ve my defense right he can’t beat me.”
The preliminary round of the Wray and Nephew Contender Series is a direct faceoff between Jamaica and Canada and Nicholas is hoping to win the bout to add to the 4-1 lead that the locals currently enjoy over their North American opponents.