KO win for 'Hitman' Russell
Jamaican middleweight Kemahl "Hitman" Russell scored a dramatic second round knockout after two minutes 11 seconds, in Macon, Georgia, last Sunday night, against journeyman Henry Mercer from North Carolina, USA, in a fight that was scheduled for six rounds. This was the semi-final on a fight card that had American boxers Samuel Clarkson and Rayco Saunders exchanging punches in the 10-round main bout. Clarkson won that fight by unanimous decision.
Russell, who now has a 10-0 record, with eight knockouts, was originally slated to fight Martez Jackson, but this fell through the day before the fight, and Mercer was brought in as a last minute replacement.
He is a journeyman, whose record on fight night was two wins and 11 losses. Russell told STAR Sports yesterday, that he was a bit concerned with the change of opponent so close to fight night, especially since Mercer is a south-paw. He was able to adjust mentally very quickly he said, and took the first round to find his range and test his opponent's capabilities.
Although the fight did not last long, Russell said that he enjoyed the workout, and is now looking forward to another fight next month.
"I want to keep busy as there are plans for me to fight for a regional title in December or January. I want to add another title to my 2015 Wray and Nephew Contender belt soon, and that is what I am working towards" he ended.