Hall set for MMA action today

May 16, 2019
Imran Hall (right) spars with Mixed Martial Arts Jamaica Sport president Cleon Bardowell.
Imran Hall (right) spars with Mixed Martial Arts Jamaica Sport president Cleon Bardowell.

Super lightweight Imran Hall, fighting out of the Wushinkido Lion Pride(WLP) fighting club, is expected to start competing today at the International Mixed Martial Arts Federation (IMMAF) Pan American Championships being held in The Bahamas.

Head of WLP, Daniel Chacko-Wilmot, confirmed that Hall had a successful weigh-in on yesterday's opening day, and will be competing against a field of top amateurs from North America and the Caribbean at the three- day event.

Hall represented Jamaica in Acapulco, Mexico, last year as part of a two-man team competing in the discipline of Sambo - a Russian-style martial art. Chacko-Wilmot said that despite the variation of experience among the fighters, he believed Hall was among the best at the competition.

"Depending on the drawing of opponents, he may have to fight every day of the event," Chacko-Wilmott said. "Looking at the other fighters, there is not a lot of experience in the field. The favourite seems to be a Trinidadian with a record of 10-0 amateur bouts - a considerably large amount of amateur fights."

Chacko-Wilmot explained that Lisa Fraser, the current women's champion, and Hall's stablemate, was absent from the contingent to the games, owing to a lack of competition in her weight class (125 pounds).

Fraser said she was disappointed at the omission as she was looking forward to the games, but was still in training, looking forward to other competitions.

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