Impressions: Boxing Takes Over Kingston

Words by Jesse Serwer, Photos by Martei Korley

Tsetsi Davis enters the ring

Tsetsi Davis enters the ring

Back in January, we told you about The Wray & Nephew Contender, an adaption of the boxing reality TV franchise The Contender aiming to “herald a new age of boxing in Jamaica,” a place that once was quite rich soil for pugilism. Well, the show, which airs in primetime on Jamaica’s TVJ, hasn’t just been successful, it’s been one of the most talked about sporting events on the island the last few months. After four months of build-up, the series comes to a climax tonight with a title match between underdog Devon Moncrieffe and Rikardo Smith. We even have it on good word that none other than Vybz Kartel will give a performance as part of the event! A few weeks ago, on April 6, LargeUp’s own Martei Korley was present at Kingston’s Chinese Benevolent Association Auditorium to capture Moncrieffe’s knockout of the tournament’s No. 1 seed, Tsetsi Davis. Check out the full tale of the tape after the jump…

Devon Moncrieffe centers himself before the bout

Devon Moncrieffe centers himself before the bout

 

Davis and Moncrieffe square off

Davis and Moncrieffe square off

Moncrieffe put on the pressure immediately

Moncrieffe put on the pressure immediately

Knockout!!

Knockout!!!

Davis, still groggy and on the ropes, after a hook from Moncrieffe stopped him in his tracks...

Moncrieffe in his corner after trowing the winning hook

Moncrieffe in his corner after throwing the winning hook

Devon Moncrieffe, Victor

The victor, Devon Moncrieffe