Jamaica’s popular boxing series saw Mullings the No. 1 seed went into the fight with a record of 19 wins, including 14 knockouts, and three losses against an inexperienced Matthews with only three fights, one win, and two draws. He had a 10-1 amateur record, with most of those fights ending by knockout.
The series brought together eight junior middleweight boxers (154 pounds) from Jamaica and eight rivals from Canada. There will be eight fights over five rounds each in the preliminary round, and four more over the same distance in the quarterfinals to be followed by two semi-finals over seven rounds, and then the grand final, which will be over 10 rounds, with the winner being crowned Wray & Nephew 2017 junior-middleweight Contender champion.
First prize money is $2,000,000, second prize is $500,000, third prize is $250,000 and fourth prize is $200,000.