Sakima destroys Rose in Contender final

July 27, 2017
Sakima Mullings

Sakima 'The Mauler' Mullings delivered on his promise of bringing the Wray and Nephew Contender boxing title back to Jamaica with a dominant sixth-round technical knockout victory over Canadian Phil Rose at The Mico University College last night.

Mullings was in control of the bout from start to finish, but started to exert his class over Rose with heavy blows to the body and head from the fourth round onwards.

Rose offered hard shots of his own in the first two rounds, but seemed to lose stamina and progressively fade with each following round.

He was saved at the end of the fifth round after Mullings' hard lefts and rights to the head left him staggering. He returned for the sixth, and what would be his final round, only to be knocked down, then found himself in the corner moments later to face a flurry of shots from Mullings before referee Steve Smoger put a stop to the contest one minute and eight seconds into the round.

Rose was gracious in defeat.

"It was a great fight and like I said before, the better man won - Mullings," he said. "He has some good body shots but the body's strong. He caught me in the head a few times that dazed me a little bit and I wasn't able to recover from them."

Mullings said he was victorious because of effective counter punches.

"We knew coming into the fight that Phil is the bigger and stronger opponent so we definitely had to move to pick and choose our opportunities and to counter him when he was coming with his shots," he said.

Mullings becomes the first boxer to win the Contender title twice after his 2014 victory.

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