‘Hitman’ Russell fights for NABF title tonight

September 09, 2017
Kemahl 'Hitman' Russell (centre) being announced as the winner of his professional undercard bout versus Trinidadian Nigel Edwards (left) during the Wray and Nephew Contender Series final on July 26. Russell won with a first-round knockout.

Kemahl 'The Hitman' Russell, Jamaica's best hope for another world boxing title, will have an important fight against American Ian 'The General' Green for the Junior North American Boxing Federation middleweight title tonight, at the Resorts World Casino in New York.

The fight is being promoted by Real Deal Promotions, a new promotion company led by former World Heavyweight Boxing champion Evander 'The Real Deal' Holyfield.

It will be only the second card put on by this new company, but it is getting a lot of celebrity attention. This fight means a lot to Russell, and his manager Leiza Keane told STAR Sports yesterday that an impressive win by Russell could lead to a lucrative promotional contract with Real Deal Promotions.


Wins impressively


"Holyfield has told us that he is impressed with Russell's 11-1 record with nine knockouts, and saw a lot of potential in him for the future. He has also told us that if Kemahl wins impressively, his company will sign a long-term contract with us and make sure that Kemahl gets some good fights over the next 12 months," she said.

Russell himself is very confident.

"Green is a good fighter and I know that he will challenge me. I have put in the work, however, and after knocking out (Nigel) Edwards in July, I went right back to the gym. I am ready for this fight, and the only thing that I will have to do now is to execute. He is a dangerous opponent, and is coming to fight, and knowing this, it will bring out the best in me."

Green, who has an impressive 12-1 record, also has nine knockouts to his credit and the general feeling is that the fight will not go the distance.

"I am going in with the intention of winning every round, but if the opportunity for a knockout comes, I will certainly take it," he said.

Green said at a news conference that he too was ready for the challenge and was confident of victory.

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