BOXING: Contender SeriesKINGSTON:Described as ?a lean, mean, fighting machine?, Kemahl ?The Hitman? Russell, winner of the 2015 Wray & Nephew Contender Series, is the new Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum Brand Ambassador.?Kemahl Russell is an exceptional athlete. He has combined top performance in his sport with resilience and spirit. These are precisely the qualities that are embodied in our Wray and Nephew White Overproof Rum brand,? said Pietro Gramegna, marketing manager, White Spirits at J Wray & Nephew Limited, in explaining their choice.Russell is expected to be a role model to the contestants in the upcoming season of the Wray & Nephew Contender Series.?Kemahl is a reflection of hard work, discipline and determination to reach the highest heights of boxing. He displays a heart of gratitude to the Wray & Nephew brand which has created the number one platform for boxing. He wants to show Jamaica that the Wray & Nephew Contender Series is an opportunity given to Jamaican boxers, which if taken seriously can be the beginning of the best to come.?Most of all, he displays the ?spirit of a fighter?. This is the one thing Jamaica could never forget about ?The Hitman?,? Gramegna further stated.Since winning the Wray & Nephew Contender Series for 2015, Russell has been training at Gleason?s Gym in Brooklyn, New York, under the tutelage of world class trainer, Hector Roca.With the assistance of his management team, Russell will be strategically placed in fights and moved through the ranks towards the world title.Russell, who grew up in the tough Tower Hill neighbourhood, says he won?t stop until he fights his way to the top.?Being a brand ambassador for Wray & Nephew rum means a lot to me. I think it ties in so well with who I am, as I always am in high spirits even when the going gets toughHe remains inspired by other sporting athletes as he pursues career excellence and shared that his boxing role model is the Jamaican hero of the 1970s and 80s, Mike ?The Body Snatcher? McCallum and his favourite sportsman is the fastest man of all time, Usain Bolt.?I admire Usain Bolt,? he said respectfully, ?for making our little country so pronounced in the world through sports?My career goal was to become a world champion, but is now to be remembered as one of, if not the best boxer Jamaica has produced.?He believes the Wray & Nephew Contender Series has revived boxing and kept the sport relevant in Jamaica.?I admire the Wray & Nephew brand for attaching itself to a sport such as boxing and creating opportunity for Jamaican boxers like myself to showcase their talent and improve their record,? Russell said.When his manager was asked ?what?s next for Russell??, she said: ?Kemahl will continue the same training programme in New York. At this stage of his career we are also assessing the trainers to determine who is best to develop and polish Kemahl?s natural fighting ability. But for now he will remain at Gleason?s Gym under the training of Hector Roca. We are presently trying to determine what his next fight will be. However, it is slated to be in March.?Wray & Nephew is assisting Kemahl financially with his entire training programme, which involves living expenses, nutrition and all the training related expenses, which we are extremely grateful for.?
Blog, what are all of the precious teachers moaning about now? Yet again, someone needs to burst their delicate little bubble. Michael Gove is, unfortunately, due to us going skint and allowing the rest of the world to march forward because of our nation’s relentless weakness and political correctness, having to muck in and make some cuts, and as usual the teachers, who are leftie about everything, except their own pay-rises, aren’t towing the party line. And god forbid they should be judged by their students results and have people sit in and monitor their standard of work! Oh no, no, no, no, nohh, Blog! That’s ‘nohhht faaaiirrrr!’. Get back to work, especially at this time of year when students are preparing for important exams, and stop imposing yourselves on future generations of our country, you load of selfish and lazy beardies. If you’re that fussed, don’t worry, I’m sure you’ll all get over it, as you’ve got yet another monumental summer holiday on the way!Money has moved around the world, far from us, to the likes of China, Russia, and Brazil. It’s high time we moved the unions with it. The government should take control of this situation and not be blackmailed. I’m sure there’s lots of hard working and intelligent Polish people who’d love these jobs, if they’re not good enough for the teachers unions. In my bigoted opinion, I don’t think the schools should have so many cuts though, rather the universities. Every Tom and Dick has a degree now, and in what and for what purpose? Once was the time, that if you were university educated, it was something to be really respected. Having spent many weekends in my late teens and early twenties visiting my token leftie friend, AM, at Southampton Uni, I can inform you that the itinerary of the day for most students, was drinking subsidised booze, having self-indulgent lie-ins, and eating burnt pizza. The vast amount of post-grads that I interview seem to have pickled their brains, lost touch with the pace of life necessary to move forward, and start the working world a long way behind those who rolled their sleeves up at sixteen or eighteen. I can’t believe, that unless it’s for a professional job, such as being a barrister or a doctor, where a degree is absolutely necessary, that getting on with it for real, is not favourite.In other news:What are our prisons getting ever clogged up with human waste like Dale Cregan and Ian Brady? With all of this talk of saving public funds, surely a nine foot length of rope is cheaper than keeping these two psychopaths alive? After watching the film ‘Pierrepoint’, I spent months in the office practising timed mock-executions on Gaul Wood, and would gladly step forward and do the job.Despite having a union face, this blog congratulates my old pal, Lofty, on achieving his first pay-rise in a long time. Loft, have a bit less a of a trade-union snarl, muck in, and you might have another one on its way soon!!Over and out, Ben x