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Jamaican fighters look to rebound in Cyprus

Published:Thursday | October 31, 2013 | 12:00 AM

 Ainsley Walters, Gleaner Writer

JAMAICA's martial artists are out for redemption when they bow into action at the International Sport Kickboxing Association's World Championships in North Cyprus this morning (Jamaica time).

A trio of fighters from the combined martial arts team will take the mat on day two, hoping to medal after leaving Benidorm, Spain, empty-handed at last week's International Taekwon-Do Federation (ITF) World Champs.

Nicholas Dussard, especially, is determined to go all the way after a frustrating second-round loss to the United States' Julio Carlos in Benidorm.

Carlos scored two first-round points on Dussard and danced his way around the ring for the rest of the match, avoiding the Jamaican who had beaten him three weeks earlier at the Queens Open in New York.

"I didn't get a chance to show what I am capable of in Benidrom, so I hope nobody comes with the same plan in Cyprus, because they will regret it," Dussard warned yesterday.

Dussard, the ITF Pan-Am champ, will be joined by Kevin Brown in the male divisions. They will be facing fighters from any of England, Turkey, Scotland, Iran, Denmark, Uzbekistan, Italy, Afghanistan, Russia, Czech Republic, Germany and Switzerland.

Sheckema Cunningham, who had a painful ending in Benidorm, aggravating an ankle injury early in her opening-round match, has been replaced by Danielle Chang, who will also be in action this morning.