Easy for Russell
Kemahl 'The Hitman' Russell made a triumphant return to the local boxing scene on Wednesday night when he scored a dramatic knockout at one minute and 14 seconds of the first round against Nigel Edwards from Trinidad and Tobago, at The Mico University College campus. This was the eight-round semi-final bout on the Wray & Nephew Contender card.
Russell, who is now 11-1 in his career, lost his last fight in March by technical knockout to world-rated Sergiv Derevyanchenko in the USA. He said before the fight, that he wanted to give his local fans "some thrills and a great performance". He not only did so, but also gave everyone a scare.
He came out aggressively, throwing hooks to his opponent's body and head, and it was obvious that he had a knockout in mind. Before the fans had settled down to watch the fight, however, it was over.
He landed a left-hook flush to the head of Edwards, who fell like a log, face-down on the canvas. He was out cold before he landed and referee Eion Jardine quickly waved his hands over the prostrate boxer to signal that it was all over and called in the ring doctor.
The doctor and his team responded very quickly, but it took some time for Edwards to revive.
When he eventually regained his senses, he did not have a clue as to what had transpired but was well enough afterwards to give an interview. Shortly after the knockout, the ring lights went out, and it took some time for the fault to be corrected and for activity in the ring to be resumed.
- L. B.