Ramel ‘Sub Zero’ Lewis was a very unhappy man on Wednesday night when his chief second, Joshua Van Reil, threw in the towel and ended his fight with Canadian Ryan Young at 24 seconds of round three in their Wray and Nephew Contender battle at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium.
This was the last of the preliminary bouts in the series, with the winner moving on to the quarter-finals.
After they had split two bruising rounds, Lewis was caught with a solid left hook to the head by Young and went down. Referee Peter Richards administered the mandatory eight count, and Lewis indicated to him that he was ready to continue. It was then brought to the attention of the referee, that Joshua had thrown in the towel, literally behind his back, and he, therefore, signalled that the fight was over, by way of retirement of the boxer.
READY TO CONTINUE
Lewis was furious and said that although he had gone down, he was not hurt and was ready to continue. He, therefore, disagreed vehemently with his corner’s decision.
In defence of his action, however, Joshua said that he had stopped the fight for the safety of the boxer.
“Young is much bigger that Ramel, and I was worried about the bad cut that he had. I thought it best to not let him continue,” he added.
Lewis was cut over the left eye from the first round, and blood flowed from it. It was handled well by his corner, but it proved to be more than a nuisance as he battled with the wily Canadian. He won the first round but lost the second, which was action-packed. Both men hit each other with very hard punches in this round and were hurt, but resilience paid off, and both men made it to the third stanza.
LIGHTNING RIGHT HOOK
Young unleashed a lightning right hook shortly after the round started and the end came quickly. Contacted after the fight, ringside doctor AndrÈ McDonald said that he thought that the decision of the corner to stop the fight was a good one.
“Lewis could have continued after the knock-down, but the cut was deep and it would have come into the equation soon. The safety of the boxer was the main concern of the corner and that is a good thing, ” he added.
By virtue of this victory, Young has now moved into the quarter-finals, which start next week, with Sakima Mullings, Richard Holmes, Dave Leblond, Larone Whyte, Francesco Catroni, Phil Rose and Tsetsi Davis. Mullings and Whyte will meet next week.
In two amateur bouts on Wednesday, Kevonne Willis from the Jamaica Defence Force defeated Joel Wedderburn from the St Thomas Boxing Club, and Chevaun Mendez from Dream Sports gym outpointed Collel Hogg from Stanley Couch Gym.