Jamaica’s Devon ‘Concrete’ Monrieffe delivered a boxing lesson to Canada’s Waseem ‘The Surgeon’ El Sinawi on Wednesday at the Chinese Benevolent Association, to move into the semifinals of this year’s Wray and Nephew Contender Series.
Moncrieffe controlled the bout from the opening bell, dictating the action with mainly body punches, but also switched it up by going to the head occasionally.
The assault eventually wore El Sinawi down with Moncrieffe ending the contest with a knockout 2:50 minutes into the fourth round. El Sinawi was also knocked down earlier in the round.
According to Moncrieffe, he came well prepared for the much taller and younger El Sinawi. He said he did what mattered to make the weight, implying that he did not want to get disqualified like Michael ‘Wasp’ Gardener, for being overweight.
Moncrieffe said that he wanted to be quicker than El Sinawi with the punches. He said that after delivering his first punch, he saw that it made El Sinawi uncomfortable and he knew he had the fight won.
El Sinawi said he had an injury before the fight and this affected his performance. “My jab was hurting the whole time and I thought it was good until the first round when he threw an overhead right and it caught my elbow and it hurt so much.”
With the victory, the 41-year-old Moncrieffe now has 14 victories that include seven knockouts, while drawing once and losing eight times.
El Sinawi has lost three of his five professional fights while winning the other two. The Wray and Nephew Contender winner will be crowned the welterweight champion and will collect a purse of $2m, with second getting $500,000, third $250,000 and fourth $200,000.