Portland’s ‘Haitian Sensation’ to defend title on ESPN’s ‘Friday Night Fights’

Portland boxer Russell Lamour Jr., who won the International Boxing Association’s North American middleweight title on Nov. 15 at the Portland Exposition building, will defend his New England middleweight title on Jan. 30 at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut.

Russell Lamour, aka "The Haitian Sensation".

Russell Lamour, aka “The Haitian Sensation”.

The fight will be broadcast nationally on ESPN for the network’s “Friday Night Fights” series.

Lamour, whose nickname is “The Haitian Sensation,” takes an undefeated 11-0 professional record into the fight, and although his opponent has yet to be named, he said on Monday, “it’s 100% that I’ll be fighting live on ESPN.”

“I’m excited for another opportunity to compete live on ESPN Friday Night Fights at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut, it’s close enough to home where my fans, family and friends will be able to come and support me.

Having national coverage will help get my name out across the country and give me a chance to make new fans. This will be the first title defense of my professional career and I’m ready to show the world what I’m capable of. January 30th will be another special night.”

Russell Lamour Jr. with his two title belts.

Russell Lamour Jr. with his two title belts.

Chris Shorr

About Chris Shorr

Chris is a sixth generation Portlander who loves all things Maine. He has worked with mentally ill and marginalized adults at a Portland non-profit, on a lobster boat in Casco Bay, at several high-end Portland restaurants, and at a local meat packing plant. He also ran for Portland City Council in 2013, wrote a weekly column in the now defunct Portland Daily Sun, and currently writes a weekly column in The Portland Phoenix.