Jamaica’s Tsetsi Davis, one of the favourites to take the 2016 version of the Wray and Nephew Contender title, had an easy first fight, on Wednesday night, as he completely overwhelmed his young American opponent Courtney McCleave in their five round fight at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium. McCleave’s corner threw in the towel at two minutes and 10 seconds of round four. McCleave, who is 21 years old, and has been a professional boxer for only a year, showed his inexperience right from the start of the fight. He really looked like a boxer with only three previous fights, two of which he lost, and his record is now one victory and three losses. Davis, who now has a 15-4 record, had won the three previous rounds easily and seemed to be on the brink of a knockout victory when McCleave’s corner threw a towel in the ring to signal to referee Ransford Burton, that their fighter was in no condition to continue. It was the right decision for them to make, as McCleave would just have been beaten up badly and knocked out, if the fight had continued. Davis, who last fought on July 1 last year, when he dropped a majority decision to Richard Holmes, showed that he was in need of a fight. He stalked McCleave from the opening bell, but missed with several punches that were thrown to his opponent’s head. His timing was badly off and he would have been better served if he had tried to build up his attacks behind his jab. McCleave showed some boxing skills as he tried to score points with his jabs, but these were tentative and had no muscle behind them. A few landed to Davis’ head and body but had no visible effect on him and certainly did not dissuade him from coming in. After repeatedly missing with punches to the head, Davis changed strategy and made the body his target, and this paid dividends, as McCleave was definitely hurt a few times. He increased the pressure each round and after round three it was clear that the fight would not last much longer. Davis stepped up the pace at the start of this round, and his hooks to the body made McCleave wince in pain. His corner saw what was happening and correctly gave the signal to the referee that their fighter had had enough. Davis now moves on the quarter-finals, where he will certainly get better opposition. He has a lot of work to do in the meantime, however, as his conditioning seemed suspect. He is, however, one step closer to the first prize of $2-million and the title that has eluded him over the years. In the amateur bouts that preceded the main event, Raheim Pitter from Boys’ Town scored a first round technical knockout victory over Shaquille O’Neil from Sugar Olympic gym, while Joshua Forrest-Davidson from Seaview Gardens gym had a similar second round victory over Joel Wedderburn from the St. Thomas Boxing Club.
Another big play led to another touchdown for the Hawks early in the fourth-quarter, taking a 38-28 lead. The Hawks responded with nine unanswered points and took advantage of Bulldog interception to take 9-7 lead into the second-quarter. Sophmore Drew Lauer led the Bulldogs with 79 rushing yards, while Wilkins capped off his day with 62 yards and a pair of touchdowns. The Hawks recovered the ensueing on-side kick and with no timeouts left for the Bulldogs, Quincy ran out the final ticks for the 38-35 victory.Quincy’s Jaylan James paced the Hawks as he led all rushers with 178 yards and two touchdowns. On the first play of the second-quarter, Thibault put the Bulldogs back ahead by completing an 11-yard touchdown pass to Eric Saubert, 14-9. Saubert went on to finish the game with a team-best seven receptions for 95 yards. Box Score DES MOINES, Iowa — Drake University fell to Quincy, 35-38, in the Bulldogs 2016 season opener Saturday evening at Drake Stadium. The Bulldogs managed to cut into their deficit as Menard caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from Thibault to make it 28-21 at halftime. The Bulldogs brought it back to a three-point game after one-yard touchdown run by Conley with just 1:27 left in the game. Juinor transfer Grant Kraemer came off the bench to lead the Bulldogs to their only points of the third quarter. Kraemer completed a 16-yard touchdown pass to Keegan Gallery to put the Bulldogs within three, 31-28. Quincy extended its lead on the Hawks first possession of the second-half when Grant Huelsmann made a 22-yard field goal to put the Hawks up 31-21. Drake came out of the gates playing aggressive by successfully converting an on-side kick to open the game. Conley Wilkins then bursted for a 24-yard run to ignite the Bulldog offense. Three plays after a 20-yard pass from Cody Thibault to Grant Menard, Wilkins dove into the end zone to score the game’s first points. Quincy didn’t waste anytime responding as Robbie Kelley completed a 67-yard touchdown pass to Eric Poindexter, who led all receivers 165 yards and two touchdowns. The Hawks went on to score in their next two drives to take a 28-14 lead. The Bulldogs travel to Brookings, S.D. to face South Dakota State University on Sept. 10. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. Print Friendly Version