Jamaica is now trailing Team Canada 4-3 in the 2017 Wray and Nephew Contender Series for the junior middleweight title following the seventh preliminary round contest where Canadian Larone Whyte scored a split decision victory over Jamaican Devon ‘Concrete’ Moncriffe at the Chinese Benevolent Association headquarters on Wednesday night.
Moncriffe gained the upper-hand in the first two rounds of what was arguably the most competitive and exciting fight of the 2017 series so far, but appeared to have ran out of steam in the latter stages of the fight as Whyte took charge and gained the momentum from round three onwards.
Two judges scored the fight 48-47 in favour of Whyte while the third judge had it 49-46 for Moncriffe whose ring record fell to 12 and 7 with 4 knockouts while Whyte improved to 3 and ‘0’ with 2 knockouts.
“No me never punch myself out because I didn’t get tired but he came young and him strong so he put out the work. Although mi lose, mi no feel no way. Mi did want to go to the second round but mi noh get the opportunity,” said Moncriffe.
According to Whyte: “I started slow but that was the plan; to take my time and use the jab and see what he’s bringing and then pick it up in the second and third rounds and go to the body more”.
Whyte now joins fellow Canadians Frank Cotroni, Dave Leblond and Phil Rose as well as Jamaicans Richard 'Frog' Holmes, Tsetsi Davis and Sakima Mullings in the quarter-finals. Jamaica's Ramel 'Sub-Zero' Lewis will take on Ryan Young next week. The live draw for the second round will also take place next Wednesday.