Mullings gives opponent bloody beating in Guyana
Leroy Brown, Gleaner Writer
Wray & Nephew welterweight Contender 2014 champion, Sakima Mul-lings, and promising super middleweight Kemahl Russell scored impressive victories in Guyana last Saturday night in feature bouts on a four-fight card that was held at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall in Georgetown.
Mullings won by technical knockout when his opponent, Guyanese Dereck Richmond, could not answer the bell for the third round because of an injury to his nose that caused profuse bleeding, while Russell won by unanimous decision over Winston Pompey, who is also from Guyana.
The Mullings versus Richmond encounter was the main bout on the card, and Mullings dominated the fight from the opening bell. He was methodical and scored decisively with hooks to the body and head after laying the groundwork with his jabs.
He won the first round with an all-round attack that saw him scoring freely, while his opponent found him to be a very elusive target. He stepped up the pressure in the second round and had Richmond on the defensive all the way. Near the end of the round, he landed a left-right combination to the head that hurt his opponent and left him with a bloody nose.
During the one-minute interval, Richmond was examined by medical personnel to see the extent of his injury, and they ruled that he was not able to continue, thereby giving victory to Mullings by technical knockout, and moving his record to 17-1.
The Russell versus Pompey encounter was action-packed throughout and was voted the fight of the night. The excitement started early, with Russell flooring his opponent in the first round with a straight right to the head. There was brief consternation in the Jamaica camp - which was led to Guyana by the head of KNRG Management, Lisa-May Keane - shortly afterwards, however, as Pompey fought back quickly and hurt Russell with a left hook to the head.
Russell, who was in trouble and on wobbly knees for a short time, recovered quickly, and coming in behind the jab, he resumed his dominance. Even though Pompey made it exciting with his counter-punching, he was clearly outclassed, and at the end, two judges scored it 59- 54, and the other 58-55 for Russell.
The latter, who is now 3-0 in his young professional career, told The Gleaner yesterday that it was definitely a learning experience, and that he is looking forward to fighting again soon, possibly as early as next month.