Sakima Mullings scratched another Guyanese boxer off of his hit list Saturday night.
The Jamaican from Stony Hill scored a second round TKO win over Derrick ‘Lights Out’ Richmond (3(3)-2-1) in the light middleweight headline bout of the ‘Battle of Contenders’ card at the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall.
Richmond suffered a broken nose in the brief one-sided encounter, prompting the ringside doctors to put an end to the contest before the start of the third round.
In the first round, Mullings seemed resigned to just feel out Richmond, just throwing the occasional jab and the right hand.
The second and final round saw the Jamaican coming out and standing his ground, landing hard combinations while making Richmond miss with his round house left hand.
Mullings’ hand speed and footwork completely neutralized the overmatched Richmond who was eating a healthy serving of leather leading to his bloodied and broken nose.
With the loss, the Berbician joined local pugilists, Winston Pompey, Howard Eastman and Revlon Lake as victims who failed to put together enough punches to solve the Mulling’s puzzle.
Mullings, the 2014 Wray and Nephew Contender Series champion, improved to (17(12)-1-0) setting up a possible ring date with Guyana’s pound for pound King, Clive ‘The Punisher’ Atwell.
“Plans are in the pipelines for me to fight Atwell” Mullings told Stabroek Sport in a post fight interview.
Atwell has returned to the gym after after a brief retirement following a fall out with his management in May.
According to the skillful and hard hitting Jamaican, the Mullings/ Atwell showdown for the CABOFE light welterweight title can happen as early as October 25 in Jamaica.
“We will have a talk with the board before we leave on Monday to iron out the wrinkles of the fight, but it’s a high possibly that it will happen” said Mullings.
In the co-feature, Dexter ‘The Cobra’ Gonsalves put on a boxing clinic on the unfit Mark ‘The People’s Choice’ Austin who took the fight on short notice by taking out the People’ Choice’ in the eighth and final round with a series left and right hands.
‘The Cobra’ was spitting all night with his laser left jab and occasional right hand that peppered Austin.
A wicked double right hand to the ribs in the fourth took the wind out of Austin’s sails but he held on and survived the round.
The shorter Austin had his moments in the fifth, sixth and seventh rounds by cutting off the ring, cornering the Cobra and landing some telling combos.
But Gonsalves came out in the final round and pounced on the exhausted Austin. Landing several hard right hands prompting referee Dexter Torrington to put a halt to the contest.
The time was one minute and 14 seconds.
In a tough fight to score, late replacement Quincy Gomes won a close unanimous verdict over Richard Williamson.
Gomes got the judges nod in the super featherweight slug fest despite a deduction of a point in the final round.
Former world rater, Leon ‘Hurry Up’ Moore looked rusty but his class and skill was enough to encourage journeyman, Mark Murray quit on his stool at the end of the second round in the one-sided affair.
In a fight that pleased the small but vocal crowd, Jamaica’s Kemahl Russell and Winston Pompey put on a good show in their middleweight encounter.
Russell however won unanimously 58-55,59-54, 59-54 on the judges score cards.
Sponsors for the event included Fly Jamaica, Diamond Paints, Courts, NCN, Banks DIH Limited, Giftland Office Max and the Guyana Tourism Authority.