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Contenders grudge match for Rumble on Jamrock

Published:Thursday | December 6, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Rikardo Smith (left) lands a painful left hook to the head of Sakima Mullings during their Wray & Nephew Contender Series matchup last year.


Former Wray & Nephew Contenders, Rikardo 'The Surgeon' Smith and Sakima Mullings, are set for a showdown once again at the Wray & Nephew Rumble on Jamrock on Saturday at the National Indoor Sports Centre.

Mullings and Smith were matched up last year in the 2011 Wray & Nephew Contender television series' second semi-final match. Smith, in an exceptional display of stamina, strength and smarts, outmanoeuvred crowd favourite Mullings, with judges scoring the fight 77-75, 78-74, 77-75 in favour of Smith, who went on to defeat Devon Moncrieffe in the final and was crowned the first Wray & Nephew Contender middleweight champion.

Rumble on Jamrock, which is being presented by SportsMax, will showcase a six-fight card starting at 5:30 p.m., with the Smith- Mullings showdown slated to begin at 7:45 p.m. This promises to be a grudge match as Mullings challenges the man who many believe took away his glory during the popular television series.

history making

The night's action will climax with the World Boxing Association featherweight title fight, set to start at 10:30 p.m., between Jamaica's Nicholas 'The Axeman' Walters and Colombia's Daulis Prescott. Walters aim to make history in becoming the first Jamaican to win a title fight on home soil.

The other international contenders set for showdown are Alysia Sanchez (Venezuela) vs Maria Elena Villalobos (Mexico) for the WBA female super bantamweight title (6:15p.m.); former WBA super bantamweight champion Mauricio Reynoso (Peru) vs. Jamie Barboza (Costa Rica) for the WBA Fedelatin lightweight title at 7:45 p.m.; and Kina Malpartida (Peru) vs Stacey 'Stay Lo' Reile (USA) for the WBA super featherweight title at 9:15 p.m.

The Fight Night will also see two outstanding Jamaican boxers, George Leslie 'Bunny' Grant and Richard 'Shrimpy' Clarke, being honoured by SportsMax for being contenders for world boxing titles on Jamaican soil.

Tickets are available at Wyndham Kingston, all Western Sports locations and Total gas stations (Liguanea, Washington Blvd, Mandeville and Ocho Rios). Tickets cost $2,000 for general admission with any Wray & Nephew bottle cap, and $5,000 for Ringside VIP (food and drink inclusive) with any Wray & Nephew bottle cap.