By Peter Lim at ringside
In an intriguing matchup between two friends and and sparring partners, former two time junior middleweight world title challenger JC Candelo, 29-10-4 (20 KOs), stopped Chase Shields,29-2-1 (14 KOs), in the seventh round at the Houston Club. Shields floored Candelo with a left-right-left hook in the third round and seemed on his way to victory. But once Candelo round the range for his long, rapier-like straight right, the momentum of the fight shifted and the writing was on the wall. Candelo decked Shields with a series of rights in the seventh round and proceeded to tee off almost at will. Shields survived the round but trainer Bobby Benton would not let Shields off his stool for the eighth. Candelo immediately challenged Julio Cesar Chavez, Jr. to a JCC vs. JCC duel.
Lightweight Jesus “Torrito” Rodarte, 6-0 (3 KOs), scored the knockout of the evening when he levelled Bruente Miller, 3-2 (3 KOs), for the full count in the opening round with an explosive, picture-perfect straight right hand. Rodarte strategically brought Miller’s guard down by aiming low from the outset before shooting out the right that felled Miller like an assasin’s bullet to the head.
Cruiserweight Larry Pryor, 5-6 (3 KOs), dropped Jared Johnson, 3-2 (3 KOs), face first for the full count with a left hook in the second round. Super middleweight Tyron Selders made a successful pro debut by stopping Joe Louis, 1-2, in the second round.