Ramel Lewis makes 2016 Contender debut
Ramel 'Sub Zero' Lewis, a former finalist in the Wray and Nephew 'Contender' series, will make his 2016 debut tonight against Fard 'The Messenger' Muhammad from Las Vegas, Nevada, in a five- round fight. This is the sixth week of competition in the preliminary round of the series, which has 16 boxers, eight each from the Caribbean and the USA, vying for places in the quarter-finals. The fight will be broadcast live on Television Jamaica at 9.30 p.m.
Lewis, who has a record of six wins, which include three knockouts and three losses, has not fought since May 2014, when he lost to Tsetsi Davis in another Contender bout. He put on a lot of weight during this time, and had some difficulty coming down to the 147 welterweight limit.
His camp has stated that he has been working very hard over the past six weeks and that his weight is down to the welterweight limit, and he is now in good condition.
He told STAR Sports recently that he is "feeling great and looking forward to the first fight." Lewis is known to be a hard-hitting fighter, with power in both hands, and is always a feared opponent. He is also quite vulnerable, however, as he leaves himself wide open at times.
His opponent, Muhammad, is a late replacement, and is a mixed martial arts fighter who is making his debut as a professional boxer. His record shows that he has a 3-3 MMA professional record, and fought as recently as February 20 as a bantamweight. Fighting as a welterweight tonight, he should not have any problems making that weight, and could well be giving away a lot of pounds against Lewis.