Sun­day fight for Rus­sell

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORT -

LEAD­ING JA­MAICA mid­dleweight boxer Kemahl Rus­sell will take on Amer­i­can Martez Jack­son in a six-round warm-up fight to­mor­row night at the Shrine Tem­ple in Ma­con, Ge­or­gia.

This is the first of two fights that are de­signed to get him ready for a World Boxing As­so­ci­a­tion re­gional ti­tle fight, which is slated to take place in De­cem­ber.

Rus­sell, who was the Wray and Nephew Con­tender Mid­dleweight cham­pion in 2015, has been train­ing in New York, USA, for the past two months, and his man­ager, Leiza-May Keane, told The Gleaner yes­ter­day that he is in great shape and is primed for an ex­cit­ing per­for­mance. He will en­ter the ring with a 9-0 record, with seven of those fights end­ing in­side the dis­tance. His op­po­nent, Jack­son, has a 3-1-2 record. Rus­sell made his mark in the Con­tender se­ries and earned him­self a rep­u­ta­tion of be­ing a very ag­gres­sive fighter. In the se­ries, he showed both good boxing skills and punch­ing power and won most of his fights in­side the dis­tance. In the fi­nals of that con­test, he scored a fourth-round tko vic­tory over Richard Holmes. In his last fight against Mex­i­can Hec­tor Nava in Mex­ico, he scored a first-round knock­out.

Re­flect­ing on his fight to­mor­row, he told The Gleaner that he was go­ing into the fight to get some good work and come out vic­to­ri­ous. “I am not think­ing of a knock­out, but if it comes, I will take it. What I need now is to fight reg­u­larly, and the plan is for me to be back in the ring next month. I have been promised a ti­tle fight, and that is my ma­jor goal now. I want to be a world cham­pion, and these fights are step­ping stones,” he said.


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