Rising middleweight prospect “Young General” Ian Green(12-1 9KO) makes his return to the ring September 9th against power punching Kemahl Russell(11-1 9KO). The fight will be taking place at the Resorts World Casino in New York. The card is part of Evander Holyfield’s, Real Deal Boxing and will be televised on CBS Sport Network after the last college football game. Let’s take a closer look at the two combatants.
Paterson, New Jersey’s Ian Green was last in the ring in March, giving Andy Mejias(15-0 6KO) the first loss of his career. He’s compiled a 4 win streak with 3 knockouts since his lone defeat, a close majority decision loss to Devaun Lee. He showed in his fight against Khiary Gray that he has the speed and power to finish his opponent off. In the same fight, he showed the heart to fight through adversity, as there were lapses in his defense that Gray was almost able to take advantage of. Green will need improved defense in this fight, as Russell has very comparable speed and power. The “Young General” is still young (24 years old) and has time to tighten up any loose ends in his game. The key element in this bout for Green will be to not take any unnecessary hits.
Across the ring will be Kingston, Jamaica’s Kemahl Russell. Russell is a rugged, athletic fighter boasting a 75% knockout ratio. He’s powerful and has solid fundamentals, but his defense was picked apart in his loss to Sergiy Derevyanchenko(10-0 8KO). He has shined in the rest of his fights against lesser opposition, and Green will represent a significant step up in the quality of boxers he has faced. He has a strong jab, and it will serve him well this fight as long as he brings it back for defense after throwing it.
The fight looks like a toss up on paper, and having seen both fighters compete before, it feels like a toss up in the ring too. What we have here is two young contenders, very close in skill with a strong foundation in boxing, pretty decent reach for their weight class and the power to finish the fight at a moments notice. This will come down to who makes the first mistake. I can’t envision this going the distance. I see this being a back and forth affair until one boxer drops his guard a little too low, or is a step too slow bringing the jab/right back to their jaw. Once that happens, that fight will come to an abrupt, crowd pleasing close. Green by KO is my pick.
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