Contender champ now Wray & Nephew ambassador
Sakima Mullings, the 2014 Wray and Nephew Contender champion, has been selected as the face the competition this season.
Mullings spent his first few years between St Mary and St Andrew, before migrating to New York, United States, where he spent 22 years. It was after returning to Jamaica in 2008 that he became a licensed boxer.
"I grew up in the 80s and 90s, an exciting time for boxing, with legends like Mike Tyson, Sugar Ray Leonard, Marvin Hagler and Thomas 'The Hit Man' Hearns. Unlike now where you have to have cable to even watch boxing, when I was growing up in New York it was on local TV. I became a huge fan just from watching these men and wanting to be like them one day," remarked a nostalgic Mullings.
An enthusiastic Pietro Gramegna, J Wray & Nephew Limited's marketing manager for white spirits, noted that his team has been working hard to raise the sport's profile in Jamaica.
"Not only is the Wray & Nephew Contender a popular TV series, but it has also served as a catalyst for making boxing a sport that Jamaicans can relate to and be proud of," he said.
"We are very proud to have Sakima Mullings as the face of our 2015 Wray & Nephew Contender campaign."
The fighter has been engaged in the 'Contender Wraytastic Campaign', where lucky fans of Wray & Nephew white overproof rum's social media pages get to watch the Wray & Nephew Contender on TVJ in the comfort of their own living room, with none other than the 2014 Contender champion.
Mullings said he is enjoying attending all the various activities and meeting new people, as well as thanking his sponsors.
"Hats off and a big thank you to Wray and Nephew for believing in me and helping me to fulfil my ultimate goal of becoming a more recognised boxer. Wray & Nephew is also sponsoring training camps so that I can concentrate on my own personal fitness and development so that I will be truly ready when the next opportunity presents itself," he offered.