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Mullings hunts CABOFE title in Guyana tonight

Published:Saturday | February 21, 2015 | 12:00 AMLeroy Brown

Jamaica's Sakima Mullings will start favourite to win another title tonight, when he goes against Guyana's Clive Atwell, for the World Boxing Council/Caribbean Boxing Federation (WBC/CABOFE) junior welterweight title in Guyana. The fight is the main bout on a five-fight card at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall in Georgetown.

Mullings currently holds the welterweight version of the title and should have defended it against Andrew 'Six Heads' Lewis. Lewis was hurt while training for the fight, however, and the Mullings camp and the promoters agreed on a fight for the junior welterweight title which is now vacant.

The upper limit for the junior welterweight division is 140 pounds as opposed to the welterweight limit of 147 pounds. Mullings told The Gleaner, however, that he will have no difficulty fighting in the lower weight class, as he has been managing his weight very well in recent months.

Atwell, who has fought at featherweight and super featherweight, will be going against an opponent who is bigger than him, but he, too, sees no problem fighting in another weight class. The good side of the equation for him, he has said, is that he does not have to take off any weight for the fight.




Mullings, who is also the Wray & Nephew Welterweight Contender champion for 2014, goes into the fight with an impressive 17-1 record with 12 knockouts. Atwell, who fought for the WBC world featherweight title in May last year, but lost to Jhonny Gonzales by a 10-round technical decision, has a 12-2 record with seven knockouts.

The Jamaican told The Gleaner on Thursday before leaving for Guyana that he was very confident.

" I am well prepared for this fight. I am fit and I am feeling strong, and Atwell is going to be in a lot of trouble," were his menacing words. Mullings is a slow starter, who, after feeling out his opponent in a round or two, starts throwing heavy punches to the body and head. Atwell is a good counterpuncher and everything points to an exciting fight.