Andre Lambe insists it was a straight left that did it for Jorge Guedes and not an accidental headbutt in their amateur bout at the Fairmont Southampton on Saturday.
A cut above the Portuguese’s right eye in the first round was deemed too serious for him to continue and Lambe was awarded a technical knockout win on the undercard of the “Undefeated” fight night.
Lambe, however, says it was a well-timed punch rather than a clash of heads that caused the damage.
“I know for a fact I hit him with a straight left hand down the pipe,” said the southpaw, whose record stands at eight wins and three defeats. “I could see in his eyes that he couldn’t handle my power. I was going to finish him no matter what. It wouldn’t have gone the three rounds.”
Lambe said his win was retribution for Guedes, who attempted to physically intimidate the Bermudian at a heated weigh-in on the morning of the fight.
“He was very disrespectful at the weigh-in,” said Lambe, of Forty Rego’s Gym in Warwick. “I’m a humble fighter and he came at me.
“I brought that intensity into the ring and he can take that scar back home to Portugal!”
Tyler Christopher appeared to run out of gas in his split-decision defeat to José Sousa, one of several Portuguese pugilists involved on the undercard.
The southpaw started brightly controlling the fight with his jab, but faded as the contest wore on against his busier opponent.
Jaylon Roberts, another of Allan “Forty” Rego’s fighters, impressed in his unanimous decision win over Nuno Santos.
The Portuguese received a standing out count and was hanging on for grim life by the third and final round.
Robert Somner picked up a split-decision victory against João Azevedo. Somner was too quick and accurate for his gutsy, but one-dimensional, opponent
The Controversy Gym boxer said he was surprised with the judges’ split-decision verdict.
“I never even got hit,” Somner said. “He came at me a few times and I had to block up.
“He was a tough guy, though, and took my punches like they were nothing.
“He just kept trying to throw one punch at a time, though. I’m going to get away from that every time.”