By Phil Doherty at ringside
Photos: Reynaldo Sanchez
Unbeaten super weltereight Jermell “Iron Man” Charlo (22-0, 11 KOs) scored a tenth round TKO over Jose Angel “Silver Boy” Rodriguez (17-3-1, 2 KOs) on Monday night at the BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. After nine mostly tactical rounds Charlo finally forced the ref to give Rodriguez a standing eight count in round ten and the bout was waved off during Charlo’s follow up barrage.
Puerto Rican lightweight Jeffrey Fontanez (13-0, 10 KOs) dropped Mexican Gerardo Zayas (20-22-2, 12 KOs) with a bruising left hook to the body at 1:09 of the fourth round in their scheduled six-round swing bout from the BB&T Center in Sunrise FL. Zayas managed to drop Fontanez in the third but the Puerto Rican came back with a vengeance, repeatedly landing to Zayas’ midsection to earn the KO win.
Welterweight prospect Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. (9-0, 7 KOs) overcame his stiffest career test to date in a battle of unbeaten southpaws, earning an eight round unanimous decision victory over Ghanian Emmanuel “Ice Cold” Lartey (16-1, 8 KOs). Spence, the former 2012 American Olympian out of Desoto TX, mixed heavy shots to Lartey’s body and head throughout the early rounds, consistently finding Lartey laying against the ropes and in the corners. However Lartey overcame all of Spence’s shots and even a four-minute round in the sixth, when the official scorekeeper let the round go past the mandated time. Lartey buzzed Spence with a sweet right hook to end the seventh but ran out of time to capitalize on the damage done. Spence Jr. admitted after the bout that the punch “got his attention” but he was grateful for the opportunity to test his skills against such tough competition. Judges found in favor for Spence with identical scores of 79-73.
Former amateur world champion and three-time Olympian Rau’shee Warren (8-0, 3 KOs) of Cincinnati cruised to a four-round unanimous decision victory over rugged Colombian Jhon Molina (30-25-3, 19 KOs) in their super-bantamweight contest. Warren entered the ring with current WBA welterweight champion and fellow Cincinnati native Adrien Broner. Warren dropped Molina with a left hand in the first round, dictating the pace with sharp jabs. For his part Molina weathered the storm and kept returning fire, dislodging Warren’s right contact lens just before the bell to end the first. Undeterred Warren continued loading gradually heavier body and head shots to earn identical scores of 40-35 from all three ringside judges.
Unbeaten welterweight Willie Jones (2-0, 2 KOs) kept his unbeaten record intact by way of a perfectly-placed left uppercut to the body of durable opponent Jose Angel Segura (2-5-2, 1 KO). Jones landed the same exact shot to start the first round and apparently liked what he saw. The second punch caused Segura to fall to one knee and eventually crumple to the canvas in obvious agony. Referee Frank Santore Jr. halted the action at an official time of just 56 seconds into the first round.
Twenty-year old welterweight Martin Lagunas (1-0, 1 KO) made short work of opponent Larry Yanez (3-7-2) during Lagunas’ pro debut from the BB&T Center in Sunrise during tonight’s Golden Boy Promotions card. Lagunas punished Yanez with straight right hands and left hooks to the head during the scheduled four-round contest. The taller Yanez couldn’t hold off Lagunas’ aggressive assault and finally succumbed to successive right hands that sent him face-first through the ring ropes. Referee Sam Burgos waved off the beating at 1:56 of the second round.