Boxers in Guyana for Battle of the Contenders
Leroy Brown, Gleaner Writer
Welterweight Contender 2014 champion Sakima Mullings and super middleweight Kemahl Russell, left Jamaica yesterday by Fly Jamaica Airways, for Georgetown, Guyana, for fights tomorrow night, on a card billed as the Battle of the Contenders. Mullings will go up against Dereck Richmond from Guyana in the main bout, while Russell takes on another Guyanese boxer, Winston Pompey.
Richmond was one of the Guyanese boxers who fought in the 2014 Wray and Nephew Contender series and lost to Tsetsi Davis by a unanimous decision over six rounds. Pompey lost to Mullings in a fight in Jamaica on June 16, 2011, at the Karl Hendrickson auditorium.
Lisa-May Keane, who is one of the principals of KNRG Management, the company that manages the fighters, told The Gleaner yesterday that she had taken the fights in Guyana to keep the boxers busy.
"We are doing our best to keep them active and if we have to travel overseas to do so, we will," she said.
Keane added that negotiations are well advanced for them to fight in Jamaica in October, and that an announcement in that regard will be made shortly.
She said that the team is being sponsored by Fly Jamaica Airways and Diamond Paints, without whose assistance the trip would not have been possible. The boxers were accompanied by Miss Keane and trainers Wayne Sharpe and Glenville Brown.