'Hitman' Russell 'so happy' with NABF title win
Jamaica's Kemahl Russell, told STAR Sports that he was "so happy" that his hard work paid off after he was crowned the new Junior North American Boxing Federation (NABF) middleweight champion in New York on Saturday night.
Russell, whose goal is to be Jamaica's next world boxing champion, took another step in that direction he defeated Ian Green, winning by technical knockout in the seventh round.
The fight, despite being hard-fought, saw Russell dominating the action all the way. He seized the initiative early, and never let his opponent off the hook.
His manager Leiza Keane told STAR Sports that they knew that the fight, which was promoted by former world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield's Real Deal promoting company, was an important one for her fighter, and that a good performance was necessary.
"Kemal not only gave a good performance, he gave a great performance against a good opponent with a 12-1 record. We are now going to take a good look as to how we move forward, and right now I feel that the sky is the limit."
Russell, whose record moved to 12-1 with this victory will have to defend the title within six months. He now has 10 knockouts to his credit.