Mullings books early Contender q-final spot

April 07, 2017
Canada's Winston Matthews (left) and Jamaica's Sakima Mullings met in the first bout of the Contender 2017 series.

Sakima Mullings started his bid to become a two-time Wray and Nephew Contender title holder last Wednesday, when he fought off a brilliant challenge from Canadian William Matthews, to take a unanimous decision and book himself an early place in the quarter finals of the competition.

Judge Lindell Allen had it 48-47, while the other two judges Jamaica's Keith Brown and Canada's Martin Dalida had a 49-46 scoreline.

It was a very close encounter and every round was keenly contested.

Matthews, who came into the fight with a record of one win and two draws, showed that sometimes records do not matter.

He said before the fight "My record does not reflect my capabilities, I am here to fight and I will" and he kept his word. For Mullings, this was the first step in his stated mission "to bring the Contender title back to Jamaica."

This because it the series was won by an American last year.

"It was close, but William won," said coach Jackie Armour.

"He was up against a man with 22 fights. He fought brilliantly, and I hope that he can get a return some time in the future."

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