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Russell puts practice into play with swift KO

Published:Thursday | December 24, 2015 | 12:00 AMLeroy Brown
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Wray and Nephew Middleweight Contender 2015 champion, Kemahl Russell, ended a three-month overseas training stint in fine style last Saturday night, when he knocked out his Mexican opponent Hector Nava at one minute and 35 seconds of the first round. The fight, which was scheduled for six rounds, took place in Mexico.

Russell has been training in Brooklyn, New York, for the past three months at the world famous Gleason's Gym, under the guidance of renowned trainer Hector Roca, who has several world champions in his camp. Among them is Jamaica's Alicia Ashley, who recently regained her World Boxing Council super bantamweight title, with a points victory over Christina McMahon.

Russell, who now has an 8-0 record, told The Gleaner that he went into the fight very confident and set about putting into action some of what he had learnt from Roca.

He said: "I started throwing punches to the body the way that Hector taught me and I was pleasantly surprised how effective I was. I really learnt a lot from him."

Nava, who had three fights going into Saturday's contest, tried to be aggressive at the start, but was quickly put on the defensive and as the round neared the end, two hooks to the body, a right then a left, put him down. He managed to get up, but was hurt and grimacing in pain.

He took the full count bent over.

Russell said he would have liked the fight to have gone on a bit longer, so that he could try out some of the other things he had learnt, but was happy to get the victory.

"Next year is going to be a very important one for me and this is just the start of what I hope will be great things," he added.

He returns to Jamaica next week.