COMMONWEALTH zonal boxing champion Sakima Mullings, who was scheduled to fight Guyana’s Mark Austin for the vacant WBA Fedecaribe Welterweight title on Saturday at the YMCA in Kingston, will instead face Barbadian Matthew Robinson in the feature bout of a five-match card.
This was announced at a press conference at the Pavilion Mall in Half-Way-Tree yesterday.
The 29-year-old Mullings said the change of opponent was not a bother to him and he is still motivated to win the crown.
He likened the contest to his fight with Guyana’s Winston Pompey, whom he defeated to win his present title last June.
“Although the opponent has changed, things haven’t changed much because my first opponent, I did not know about him, so we prepared for anything he would bring.
“This guy, I don’t know much about him either, so it’s the same game plan... we’re going into the fight expecting anything,” he said.
Since defeating Pompey for the Commonwealth crown, Mullings has defended his title on four successive occasions against local fighters such as Lloyd Smith, Ian Smith, Anthony Osbourne and Devon Moncrieffe, and he is motivated to add the Fedecaribe belt to his collection.
“It has given me an extra boost knowing that I am fighting for the WBA Fedecaribe title... this will put me in the WBA’s — who are the oldest organisation in boxing — top ranking,” he said.
The other fights on the night will see Devon Moncrieffe taking on Anthony Osbourne in an eight-round contest, Tsetsi Davis will battle Ricardo Planter over six rounds, while Rudolph Hedge will face Martin Anderson, also in a six rounds contest.