Despite going in confident of victory, Jamaica’s Toriano Nicholas lost by unanimous decision to Canada’s Dave Leblond in their welterweight clash in the Wray and Nephew Contender Series at the Chinese Benevolent Association on Wednesday night.
Nicholas’ loss enabled the Canadians to make up ground on Jamaica in the series, which pits fighters from both countries against each other in the preliminary round. Jamaica now lead the series 4-2, with two more matches to go in the preliminary round.
All three ringside judges awarded the bout 49-46 to Leblond, who muscled Nicholas around for most of the fight. The Canadian used his weight advantage to dominate Nicholas, who had to gain weight for the bout, coming up from the flyweight division.
Nicholas, however, showed promise when he stood his ground after taking some good shots from Leblond and getting a cut over his eye early in the first round. He also managed to throw a few good shots but many lacked power.
“I put up pressure because I wanted to give a good show to the Jamaican people because I know that they love me. Next time when I fight, it will be a smarter fight, instead of a lot of pressure,” said the Canadian afterwards via his trainer Frank Duguay.
Meanwhile, Nicholas said the cut affected his performance.
“When I got the cut, I started thinking about it. I listened to my corner fully but I couldn’t get to fight my fight to the way how he was fighting. He didn’t have any power to hurt me as I stepped into him all the time.”