Fighters

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Samuel Clarkson (19-4, 12 KOs) – Light Heavyweight

After refocusing on his career in 2014, Samuel Clarkson went on an impressive nine-bout winning streak. Among those victories include a decision over former world title challenger Cedric Agnew and knockouts of highly touted prospects Jerry Odom and Lavarn Harvell on ShoBox: The New Generation. Additionally, the 26-year-old Texas native had his power on display once again when he knocked out durable veteran Larry Pryor in the first round in Dallas to close out 2016. Clarkson last fought on ShoBox in April, stepping up to challenge undefeated light heavyweight contender Dmitry Bivol. As an amateur, Clarkson won the 2009 National PAL Amateur Championship and two Texas Golden Gloves State Championships.

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Kemahl Russell (12-1, 9 KOs) – Middleweight/Super Middleweight

Kingston native Kemahl Russell won the Jamaican edition of the Contender Boxing Series in 2015 when he stopped Richard Holmes in the fourth round of those finals. He earned his way into the Contender Finale with stoppage wins over Kevin Placide and Kevin Hylton before a unanimous decision victory over Devon Moncrieffe in the semifinals. Following the Contender, Russell went on a four-bout knockout streak before suffering his lone defeat on PBC Toe-To-Toe Tuesdays against undefeated middleweight contender Sergiy Derevyanchenko. He has since bounced back with a first round knockout of once-beaten Nigel Edwards in Jamaica before stopping once-beaten Ian Green in the seventh round at Resorts World Casino in Queens, New York.

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Salim Larbi (20-8-2, 7 KOs) – Super Welterweight

Salim Larbi, 30, is a native of Cambrai Nord, France. Now fighting out of Brooklyn, he turned professional in 2009 and started his career with a 16-1-2 record over his first 19 bouts. That impressive run set him up for an interim WBO Super Welterweight title bout in the Czech Republic against Lukas Konecny, coming up short in that contest. He later claimed the African Boxing Union belt at 154 pounds by defeating Patrice Sou Toke, which set him up for a WBA Inter-Continental Championship opportunity against Jack Culcay in Germany. In his most recent bouts, Larbi fell to undefeated John Vera in a debatable split decision loss for the WBA-NABA Super Welterweight Title and suffered a stoppage loss to once-beaten Jeison Rosario.