Russell to meet tough boxer in Alabama
Kemahl 'The Hitman' Russell, the middleweight boxer who has dreams of becoming Jamaica's next world champion, will face the sternest test of his three-year career on February 25, when he goes up against American Caleb 'Sweet Hands' Plant over eight rounds at the Legacy Arena in Birmingham, Alabama.
This will be one of the preliminary bouts on a boxing card that features the World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight title fight between champion Deontay Wilder and Andrzej Wawrzyk, which will be televised worldwide.
Plant, who will be the toughest opponent that Russell has faced, has a 14-0 record with 10 knockouts, a 71 per cent knockout ratio. Russell's record is 10-0 with seven knockouts, an 80 per cent knockout ratio. Russell had two fights last year, scoring a technical knockout victory over Denny Dalton in July, and a knockout victory over Henry Mercer in October. Plant also had two fights in 2016, and like Russell, one ended by technical knockout and the other by knockout.
Russell's manager, Lisa-May Keane, said that they are aware that Plant is a dangerous opponent, but believe that Russell has to take on hard fights if he is to make progress.
"We gave it a lot of thought before accepting the offer. We have to step up the quality of fighters that he meets now if he is to get to the top, which is our goal. We are comfortable with the decision."
Russell concurred: "If you want to be the best, you have to beat the best to get there. This is the challenge that I need now and I am going to be well prepared for this fight. This is a big stage, and I am ready to perform on it. "