Easy for Moncriffe
"I just wanted to show the fans that I can still fight, and I had a good win tonight," declared former Wray and Nephew Contender middleweight champion Devon Moncriffe, after scoring a unanimous decision over Canadian Winston Matthews on Wednesday night, on the Contender show at The Mico University College, over five rounds.
Judge Ransford Burton voted 48-47, Clifford Brown 50-45 and Brian Beauchamp 48-47 for Moncriffe. Both boxers lost their fights in the preliminary round of the competition - Moncriffe to Canadian Larone Whyte and Matthews to Jamaica's Sakima Mullings, who is now in the final.
Moncriffe, was in attack mode throughout the contest, and outscored the Canadian in most of the rounds.
"My plan was to keep attacking him and not make him settle down, and I was able to do this," said Moncriffe. He set up his attacks behind the jab and then unloaded right hooks and overhand rights to the head of his opponent. He showed sparks of his former brilliance and told The Gleaner afterwards that although he is now 40 years of age, he is "still in great condition, loves to be in the ring, and wants to continue fighting".