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Sunday fight for Russell

Published:Saturday | October 22, 2016 | 12:00 AM

Leading Jamaica middleweight boxer Kemahl Russell will take on American Martez Jackson in a six-round warm-up fight tomorrow night at the Shrine Temple in Macon, Georgia.

This is the first of two fights that are designed to get him ready for a World Boxing Association regional title fight, which is slated to take place in December.

Russell, who was the Wray and Nephew Contender Middleweight champion in 2015, has been training in New York, USA, for the past two months, and his manager, Leiza-May Keane, told The Gleaner yesterday that he is in great shape and is primed for an exciting performance. He will enter the ring with a 9-0 record, with seven of those fights ending inside the distance.

His opponent, Jackson, has a 3-1-2 record.

Russell made his mark in the Contender series and earned himself a reputation of being a very aggressive fighter. In the series, he showed both good boxing skills and punching power and won most of his fights inside the distance. In the finals of that contest, he scored a fourth-round tko victory over Richard Holmes. In his last fight against Mexican Hector Nava in Mexico, he scored a first-round knockout.

Reflecting on his fight tomorrow, he told The Gleaner that he was going into the fight to get some good work and come out victorious. "I am not thinking of a knockout, but if it comes, I will take it. What I need now is to fight regularly, and the plan is for me to be back in the ring next month. I have been promised a title fight, and that is my major goal now. I want to be a world champion, and these fights are stepping stones," he said.