Leroy Brown, Gleaner Writer
Hard-hitting Ramel 'Sub Zero' Lewis, representing the Green team, served notice that he will be a serious challenger for the Wray and Nephew Middleweight Contender title this year, when he scoreda sensational first-round knockout victory over Lensworth McNaughton at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium last Wednesday night.
Lewis, who was the runner-up to Donovan 'Police' Campbell in last year's welterweight title contest, came back a heavier and stronger fighter this year as a middleweight, and it showed in his punching power. It took him only one minute and 16 seconds to end the fight that was scheduled for six rounds.
This was the second week of competition in the made for television series, which is promoted by MJK Productions, sponsored by Wray and Nephew, Foska Oats and TVJ and has the approval of the Jamaica Boxing Board of Control. Sixteen boxers, divided into two teams, Green and Yellow, set out on March 6 on a fistic journey that will see the winner taking home the title and a million-dollar first prize. The runner-up earns $500,000, third place $250,000 and fourth place $200,000. The Green team has now won both contests.
Lewis went into the fight an overwhelming favourite, because, although McNaughton was the taller and bigger man, he did not have the boxing skills possessed by Lewis. He was also making his professional debut. Lewis, who only turned pro last year and took a 3-1 record into the fight, obviously came into the ring to show off his boxing skills in the early rounds.
At the opening bell, he moved in low and cautiously, and it was McNaughton who made the first offensive move, with a stiff jab to the head that pushed Lewis back. Lewis circled his man cautiously after that, and threw a few jabs that did not land. McNaughton continued in a positive vein and threw a couple of heavy, right-hand punches that Lewis ducked under, and then landed a few light jabs of his own.
With McNaughton still in an attacking mode, Lewis circled his man, threw a jab to the body, and followed it up with a hard overhand right that caught his opponent at the top of his head. It did not seem like hard a punch, but it landed flush to the target, and McNaughton went down on his back. He struggled to get to his feet but could not make it in time, and when he did, referee Ransford Burton had already counted to 10 and waved his hands over the beaten warrior, to show that it was all over.
In the amateur bout that preceded the main bout, Toriano Nicholas from Tiger gym outpointed Shimon Gayle from Boys' Town in their competitive lightweight contest.
CAPTION: Hard-hitting Ramel 'Sub Zero' Lewis (left), representing the Green team, looks on after flooring Lensworth McNaughton in their Wray and Nephew Middleweight Contender bout at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium on Wednesday night. McNaughton struggled to get to his feet but could not make it in time, and when he did, referee Ransford Burton had already counted to 10. - Contributed