Hitman's the real deal, says Holyfield

August 18, 2017
Nigel Edwards is tended to by medics after a devastating one punch knock out from Kemahl "Hitman" Russell in the 2017 Contender finals pro undercard fight.

Kemahl 'The Hitman' Russell said that his new three-year contract with Real Deal Boxing Promotions was aided by his first- round knockout Trinidadian Nigel Edwards in their bout on the undercard of the Contender Series final last month.

Real Deal Promotions is headed by former World Heavyweight Champion Evander Holyfield, whom Russell said was impressed with how he put Edwards on the mat in the first round of the contest.

"They (promoters) gave me Edwards for a reason, you know," Russell told Star Sports. "He's a guy who likes to pressure, and that's what they wanted to see out of me. Me getting pressured, me fighting back, and what I would do if I was in trouble defensively."

Russell said that although the fight ended earlier than anticipated, Holyfield was still impressed with his knockout, which has since been considered one of the top knockouts in the world this year by various boxing enthusiasts.

"He (Holyfield) was saying that I don't have enough rounds in my portfolio, so they wanted to see me get some more rounds in, boxing a little bit and showing my skill, but the fight ended up stopping prematurely because of a good punch. I don't have any control over that. I just try and catch him when I can."

The deal - which had been proposed for a number of weeks, with Russell also booked for a bout with American Ian 'The General' Green - had been delayed until final paperwork was sorted out.

"Kemahl was supposed to be signed with Real Deal Boxing," Russell's manager Leiza-Mae Keane said.

"They were looking at him from January and they had waited a bit just to kinda see what Kemahl's potential was. After his last fight, they decided that it was time for him to be signed and they signed a contract on Monday."

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