The Hitman against The Matador - International boxing at the Arena tonight
Jamaica's 28-year old boxing star Kemahl "The Hitman" Russell, will put his junior North American Boxing Federation (NABF) middleweight title on the line tonight at the National Arena, when he clashes with a tough 36-year old Mexican fighter, Michi "The Matador" Munoz over eight rounds.
The action starts at 7.00 with two amateur bouts. The six-fight professional card, which is being promoted by Real Deal Boxing linked to former world heavyweight champion Evander Holyfield, and Uprising Promotions from the USA, gets under way at 8.00.
The other fights are Sakima Mullings versus Edmund DeClou and Deandre Ware against Kwesi Jones over eight rounds each, Lawrence Newton versus Rudolph Hedge, Fedrica Bianco versus Rewinna David and Christopher Pearson against Tsetsi Davis in six rounders.
The feature attraction promises to be an action-packed affair as both men have shown that they have punching power. Russell the man with most to lose, has a 12-1 record with 10 knockouts, while Munoz, a hard hitting veteran, has 17 knockouts on his record. When they got together at a press briefing last Wednesday, they took jabs at each other, but behind it all, the message was, " I am coming for you."
A smiling Russell, said that "no man who eats Tacos can beat me, and I am going to take care of business." Munoz on the other hand said that he was "very confident of victory, and the public will be the winners on Friday, as we are going to give you a great fight."
In the undercard, Jamaica's Sakima Mullings goes up against Guyanese DeClou who has fought in Jamaica in the Contender series. He has a 17-3-1 record as opposed to Mullings who is 27-3. The Jamaican was confident of victory, and has promised "fireworks".
Tsetsi Davis who is very popular with Jamaica's boxing fans, will be facing a stiff challenge from American Christopher Pearson. Americans Deandre Ware and Kwesi Jones who are in the breakthrough stages of their boxing careers, were both confident in the pre-fight banter, while a soft-spoken Lawrence Newton who is seen as a boxer with a future after a stellar amateur career, will face Jamaica's Rudolph Hedge who has not been getting many fights in recent times.
The lone female bout on the card will see Fedrica Bianco with a 3-1 record, taking on debutante Rewinna David.