Moncriffe returns to the ring in Contender Series after 17 month absence

Report by RJRGLEANER Communications Group Senior Sports Reporter Spencer Darlington

It could be a very close and competitive fight between 2014 champion Devon ‘Concrete’ Moncriffe and the undefeated Canadian Larone Whyte of Canada in the seventh preliminary box-off in the Wray & Nephew Contender Series for the junior middleweight title on Wednesday night at the Chinese Benelovent Association Headqauarters.

With Jamaica and Canada locked at 3-3 in the 2017 series, the much talked-about clash between the hard hitting Moncriffe and the talented Whyte will break the dread-lock.

Moncriffe lost the first Contender Series final to Ricardo Smith, but returned two year later to beat Tsetsi’ Lights Out’ Davis for the title.

In 2015, he lost to eventual champion Kehmal ‘Hitman’ Russell in the semi-finals and has been absent from the ring for the past 17 months.

The 28 year old Whyte whose father is Jamaican, made his professional debut in 2014 and has  a perfect record from two fights  by way of TKO.

Whyte has fought through his 14 year boxing career as a welterweight, but has stepped up in weight for this year's Contender Series.

Moncreiffe tipped the scale at the required limit of 154 pounds, two pounds more than Whyte and the former champion is expecting a competitive fight, having seen the performances by the other Canadians so far in this year's series. TVJ will have live coverage of the main card starting at 9:30 pm.

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