Kemahl Russell Rises Up To Face Sergiy Derevyanchenko In
PBC Main Event
Uprising Promotions middleweight Kemahl “Hitman” Russell
(10-0, 8 KOs) will rise up to the challenge of fellow
undefeated combatant Sergiy Derevyanchenko (9-0, 7 KOs) on
March 14 at the Fitz Tunica Hotel & Casino in Tunica, Miss.
The bout will serve as the main event of a three-fight
installment of Premier Boxing Champions Toe-To-Toe Tuesdays
on FS1 and Boxeo de Campeones on FOX Deportes.
“We are very excited about the opportunity to fight someone
of Sergiy’s caliber,” said Ronson Frank, President of
Uprising Promotions. “We definitely respect Sergiy. He is a
very solid fighter. With that said, I think we have someone
in Kemahl Russell who has the attributes and the will to
beat him. He is a hard-working and dedicated fighter who
stays in the gym, and he has the motivation to get in there
and make it happen. I am really proud of him because he
never hesitated for a second in stepping up to this
challenge. At his best, I truly feel that Russell wins this
Russell, a Kingston native, won the Jamaican edition of the
Contender Boxing Series in 2015 when he stopped Richard
Holmes in the fourth round of those championship finals. He
earned his way into the Contender Finale with stoppage wins
over Kevin Placide and Kevin Hylton before taking a
unanimous decision victory over Devon Moncrieffe in the
semifinals. Currently on a four-bout knockout streak,
Russell has since stopped Hector Nava in Mexico, earned a
TKO victory over 28-fight veteran Denny Dalton in Jamaica
and then stopped Henry Mercer in the second round of an
October bout in Georgia.
“I believe that I have the tools to win this fight, and I'm
coming to show the world that me and my Jamaican countrymen
belong on this big stage,” said Russell. “I'm ready to step
up to this challenge and make my country proud. This has
been one of the best training camps I've had, and I'm
looking forward to this opportunity. I only want to fight
the best, and I'm ready to prove it on March 14."
Derevyanchenko was a decorated amateur who represented his
native Ukraine in the 2008 Olympics, and he now lives and
trains in Brooklyn. His 2016 saw him earn a TKO victory over
Mike Guy in March before stopping former champion Sam
Soliman in the second round of a world title eliminator in
July. In 2015, he recorded wins over Elvin Ayala, Alan Campa,
Vladine Biosse and Jessie Nicklow.
Televised coverage of the March 14 card begins at 9 p.m. ET,
with the broadcast also featuring light heavyweight prospect
Ahmed Elbiali (14-0, 11 KOs) in an eight-round bout and
unbeaten welterweight prospect Jamontay Clark (10-0, 6 KOs)
in a scheduled eight-round contest.