Sub Zero Lewis makes successful return to Contender Series
Ramel 'Sub Zero' Lewis, made a successful return to the ring after a break of nearly two years, when he defeated American boxer Fard 'The Messenger' Muhammad, by technical knockout, at one minute 46 seconds of round four, in the sixth week of the preliminaries of the Wray and Nephew Contender Series, at the Chinese Benevolent Association auditorium.
It was a bruising affair, as neither man paid much attention to defence. Both boxers had periods of ascendancy, but Lewis, the bigger man, slowly gained the upper hand, and hit Muhammad at will after backing him to the ropes on several occasions.
After one particular hectic period, when Muhammad was backed into a corner and hit repeatedly to the head and body with powerful punches, his corner threw in the towel, calling a halt to the spirited battle.
It was a punishing introduction to professional boxing for Muhammad, who has been engaged for some time in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA).
He showed speed and cunning, and did a lot of talking in an effort to upset his opponent. Referee Ransford Burton issued "cease and desist" orders to him to keep his mouth shut, but he was not entirely successful in that regard. Muhammad at 5"4 1/2', was a bundle of energy, and used his speed to make himself an elusive target.
The American tried to intimidate Lewis in the early stages of the fight, and scored with a series of flurries. Lewis suffered a cut over his left eye during one of these exchanges, but it was not serious and never bothered him and he went on to win.