The LA Matadors, set to take on Venky's Mumbai Fighters in the World Series of Boxing here today have made their intentions very clear.
LA Matadors Rusell Lamour on the eve of the World Series Boxing fight
vs Mumbai Fighters. Pic/Suresh KK
"We realise they are are the home team will have a lot of support, but we will try and have a clean sweep against the Mumbai Fighters," LA's middleweight fighter Rusell Lamour told MiD DAY during the weigh-in ceremony in the food court of a suburban mall yesterday.
"The Indians are not used to boxing professionally. They are more used to boxing to with headgear on, so it will be interesting to see how they fare in here tomorrow," added Rusell (28), a bronze winner at the 2009 US National Championships.
Rusell hasn't had an easy entry to the world of boxing. With his family members against him taking up the sport, especially his mother Hillary, he had to make a tough call -- either work or take up the sport professionally. And he chose latter. He even dropped out of college to earn a living to support his five-year-old son Iziah. Probably that's the reason he is keen to make it count. "I'm want make it big in professional boxing. I want to win the WSB for LA Matadors," said Russell.
Venky's Mumbai Fighters are currently fifth in the six-team Group A with four points, while LA are third on six points. The Mumbai outfit is confident too. Mumbai Fighters head coach, SK Pal said, "Our boxers have learnt a lot from where we started a few months ago. We are confident of winning this one."