Kemahl Russell to fight in Georgia
Contender middleweight boxing champion Kemahl Russell, who has been training in New York over the past few months, is scheduled to fight at the Shrine Temple in Macon, Georgia, on Sunday, October 23, in a six-round fight against American Martez Jackson.
In making the announcement, his manager, Leiza-May Keane, told STAR Sports that this is one of two warm-up fights that Russell would be having before a title fight which is being scheduled for December 3, for a World Boxing Association (WBA) Regional title. The other warm-up fight will take place next month.
"The details are still being worked out, and we do not know exactly which title it will be, but we have a firm commitment from Uprising Promotions, headed by Ronson Frank, and another promoter, Greg Cohen, who are jointly promoting the card, that it will be taking place in Jamaica. Negotiations are also taking place for the fight card to be broadcast by CBS network television," said Keane.
Russell exploded on the Jamaican boxing scene in 2015 in the Wray and Nephew Middleweight Contender Series and took the title impressively with a fourth-round TKO victory over Richard Holmes. Since then, he has scored a first-round knockout victory over Hector Nava in Mexico on December 19, 2015 and a third-round TKO victory over Denny Dalton here in Jamaica on July 2 this year, to take his record to 9-0, with seven ending inside the distance.
Russell said yesterday that he is "taking this fight very seriously as I make a move on to the world stage".
"The plan is for me to have a title fight in December and make my fans proud of me. I am working hard to make this happen."
His opponent, Jackson, who is from Georgia, has a 3-1-2 record and has been fighting as a professional since May 30 last year. He won two of his fights inside the distance.