Russell, Placide clash for Contender opener
A new pairing will contest the opening bout in the 2015 Wray and Nephew Contender boxing season.
New York-based Barbadian Jermin King received a setback as he was declared too overweight for the previously announced opening bout against Tsetsi Davis. As a result, Kamahl Russell will be representing the Green Team (Jamaica) against Trinidadian Kevin Placide of the Yellow Team (International) at Wednesday's first bout scheduled for 9:30 p.m. on TVJ.
Mark Kenny, executive producer of the Wray & Nephew Contender, said standards had to be maintained in the series.
"With each season of The Wray & Nephew Contender, we ensure that the programme stays in line and maintains international boxing standards. This season will be a first for us in the regional broadcast arena, with five other Caribbean territories tuning in live weekly, so we had to ensure that meticulous quality control remains intact. Any boxer that is overweight cannot fight according to competition rules. We are working assiduously to have King's weight lowered to the required numbers for a sooner than later date," Kenny said.
As a result of the original fighting cast being scrapped, a new slate had to be chosen through a spontaneous challenge. The challenge was the Jamaica Constabulary Obstacle Course, which required both the Green and Yellow Team to balance on logs, climb monkey bars, jump a 12ft wall, and leopard crawl under very low bars. The Green Team won by having the faster time.
The second part of the challenge saw the Yellow Team winning the 'Tyre Flip and Car Pull Challenge'. This challenge required the teams to flip a tractor tyre to a certain point and then pull a car to the finish line in the fastest time.
The Green Team was able to clinch the first challenge for Jamaica by winning the third part: 'Hill Climb with a Log' obstacle. The Green Team was the faster team in running up a very steep hill while carrying a huge log. As the challenge winners, the Green Team's Kemahl Russell chose to fight Trinidadian Kevin Placide of the Yellow Team.