KINGSTON, JAMAICA – It didn’t matter the opponent, or the venue. What mattered to welterweight contender Sakima Mullings, is that he ended the fight with his hand raised in victory.
Coming off a very controversial split decision defeat at the hands of former world title challenger Clive Atwell, Mullings was in a must-win situation when he faced Guyana’s Quincy Gomes on July 11th at the National Indoor Centre in Kingston.
Mullings controlled the bout from the very first bell, finally stopping the game Gomes in the fifth round.
“It was great getting back in the ring. I felt good and was able to execute what we’ve been working on, as well as see some things to improve on. Now I’m just looking forward to getting back in the ring as soon as possible,” said Mullings, who raised his professional record to 18-2, 13 KO’s with the victory.
Currently one of Jamaica’s most popular athletes, Mullings is now setting his sights on the world. Having already defeated most of the competition in the Caribbean, Mullings and his team are hoping to step up to the world class level soon.
“Sakima’s conquered most of the opposition in his weight class in the Caribbean, now we have to set our sights on bigger opposition to elevate his status on the world level,” said Dan Arisco of Kid Dynamite Promotions, who recently signed Mullings to an exclusive promotional contract.
According to Arisco, his Connecticut USA based company is hoping to secure a big fight for Sakima soon, and is very confident in his prospects.
“Sakima is very exciting fighter and has no trouble making weight, so we are going to move down to 140 lbs. and try to conquer the junior welterweight division,” said Arisco.
Mullings won the Wray & Nephew Contender in 2014 and also previously held the WBC Caribbean welterweight title, a belt he won by defeating former two-time world title challenger, and Commonwealth & European champion, Howard Eastman.
“Sakima Mullings is a world class fighter,” said former NABF matchmaker of the year, Ted Panagiotis, who has signed on as Mulling’s advisor. “If the Atwell fight had been officiated properly, Sakima would already be world rated. A legit knockdown was scored a slip, a head butt was never recorded and the referee allowed Atwell to hold constantly in the later rounds. We would love a rematch.”
“Once the world gets to see Sakima fight, they will see why Jamaica is so excited about him. He is a tremendous fighter and has a great personality,” said Arisco.
Kid Dynamite Promotions is made up of Arisco, former European flyweight champion and world title challenger Luigi Camputaro and attorney John Laudadti, who previously worked with world welterweight champion Marlon Starling.