Wednesday 14 November, 2018

Salas destroys Moncrieffe to set up Contender final against Holmes

Jamaica's Devon Moncrieffe hits the canvas during the second semi-final bout of Season 8 of the Wray & Nephew Contender welterweight series against Canada's Ricardo Salas on Wednesday night, at the Chinese Benevolent Association. (PHOTO: Marlon Reid).

Jamaica's Devon Moncrieffe hits the canvas during the second semi-final bout of Season 8 of the Wray & Nephew Contender welterweight series against Canada's Ricardo Salas on Wednesday night, at the Chinese Benevolent Association. (PHOTO: Marlon Reid).

Jamaica's Devon Moncrieffe suffered a first round knockout defeat against Canada's Ricardo Salas in the second semi-final bout of Season 8 of the  Wray and Nephew Contender welterweight series on Wednesday night, at the Chinese Benevolent Association.

The fight, which was scheduled for seven rounds, lasted only two minutes and 45 seconds, with  Moncrieffe hitting the canvas two times.

Moncrieffe got up quickly after the first knockdown and took the standing eight count, but failed to get into the fight as Salas took control by issuing some heavy blows to the face and upper body of the Jamaican.

Moncrieffe, though, had managed to work himself out of trouble following the first knockout. However, that lasted for a very short time as Salas caught with a combination that sent him to the canvas flat on his back a second time, but in trying to get to his feet he tumbled back to the canvas, which prompted the referee to call off the fight.

The destruction of 'Concrete' Moncrieffe

It was the second time that Salas had beaten Moncrieffe in the first round as on October 21, 2017 at the Hershey Centre in Ontario, Canada the Jamaican suffered a technical knockout defeat.

Moncrieffe said he did not stick with his game plan.

"I lost focus and I dropped my hands as well and he caught me, so I just accept it. Maybe, I was boxing with him on the outside it wouldn't happen like that but he started slugging and I followed him and he caught me. My approach was wrong," explained Moncrieffe.

"I fight close and he caught me with a right hand and that was it. Mi couldn't help it, but I was not surprised as it was just a combination that caught me...yuh can recover and yuh nuh mus."

Salas will meet Jamaican Richard Holmes in the final on June 25 at the National Arena. Holmes secured his spot in the final last Wednesday by scoring a split decision victory against Canadian Dave Leblond.

The winner will, in addition to the title and belt, take home a purse of $2 million. The second-place boxer will earn $500,000, third $250,000 and fourth $200,000.

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