SAKIMA Mulling made his second successful defence of his Caribbean zonal boxing title after scoring a third-round TKO victory over Barbadian Matthew Robinson in the feature bout on the four-fight Mayhem Rum Fire card at YMCA Headquarters on Saturday.
The 29-year-old Mullings had yet to get into gear against his dreadlocked opponent, who went to ground once in the first round, twice in the second and once in the third before the referee stopped the contest.
But despite the comfortable win, Mulling insisted it was not as easy as it looked and credited his impressive victory to the hard work he had put in.
"If it looked easy it's just a testament of the hard work and training we went through... you train hard to have easy, comfortable fights," he said.
He said he had a lot more in store but just didn't get the opportunity to show it, noting that that is why he tried to keep the fight going when Robinson wanted to quit.
"We put so much work into this fight that I wanted to test my lungs and my fitness... because we were supposed to go nine rounds and I didn't want the fight to stop there; I wanted to keep on working," he added.
Mullings will now turn his attention to the vacant Fedecaribe title — which he was originally scheduled to contest but which was cancelled at the last moment because of a dispute between the local boxing board and promoter Willie Yap.
However, he said the fight against Guyana's Mark Austin has already been approved and he is looking forward to adding that belt to his burgeoning collection.
Mullings toyed with his opponent from the opening round and floored him midway the first with a solid right hook.
He continued his defensive approach in the second round against an aggressive Robinson, who soon got tired and was knocked down, quite softly, on two occasions in this round.
Robinson showed some initiative at the start of the third round, but was soon on the retreat and was sent sprawling to the canvas for the fourth time in the match.
Aalthough Mullings tried desperately to help the fighter to his feet, the latter refused and the referee decided it was enough to end the match.
Robinson said he underestimated his opponent and grew tired the more the fight went on.
"I threw my power punches and I got tired. He caught me with some punches and I went down, got back up and kept fighting, then I went down and got back up.
"I was like 'hell, I'm fighting a losing battle', so it don't make no sense getting hurt," he told the Jamaica Observer.
Earlier, Devon Moncrieffe dominated Anthony Osbourne over eight rounds to win by unanimous decision.
Tsetsi Davis also won by unanimous decision after a competitive six rounds against Ricardo Planter, while Rudolph Hedge scored a first round knock-out win over Marvin Anderson after flooring the latter two minutes, two seconds into the match.
Meanwhile, Jamaica Genesis Entertainment, which recently signed Mullings, Moncrieffe, Osbourne, Hedge and Davis, announced it will be signing three more fighters — Contender Series champion Donovan 'Police' Campbell, Ian 'Hagler' Smith and Planter in the next few days.
Barbadian fighter Matthew Robinson (right) on his knees before Jamaica's Sakima Mulling after being knocked down for the fifth time during their feature bout at the Mayhem Rum Fire fightcard at YMCA last Saturday. (Photo: Jermaine Barnaby)