By Bob Caico at ringside
Junior middleweight contender Ronald Hearns (22-1, 17 KOs), son of former middleweight champion Tommy Hearns, won a hard fought eight round unanimous decision over veteran Patrick Thompson (15-15-1, 5 KOs) on Thursday night at Frontier Field in Rochester, NY. After five close rounds, Hearns began to assert himself in the six. Thompson, however, dropped Hearns at the end of round seven. Hearns returned the favor in the eighth by putting Thompson on the deck. Scores were 77-74, 77-73, 77-73 for Hearns.
Fast rising super featherweight Guillermo Sanchez of Buffalo scored a first round KO over Stephan Alexander of Norfolk, VA. Sanchez dropped Alexander with a left hook to the top of the head midway through the first round of a scheduled six. A follow up flurry of combinations staggered Alexander whose gloves hit the canvas to hold himself up. The third knockdown was a picture perfect right jab straight left from the southpaw that dropped his foe on his back for the third knockdown of the round at 2:38. Sanchez improves to 10-0, 5 KO’s while Alexander slides to 3-2.
Super middleweight Edwin Rodriguez of Massachusetts stopped Angel Gonzalez (6-7-1) of Puerto Rico at 1:09 of the third round. Rodriguez dominated the three rounds with sharp punches to the head and body. Gonzalez was game and didn’t seem to be in trouble but his corner seen the inevitable and saved him from further punishment from the talented Rodriguez who raises his record to 11-0 with his eighth stoppage.
Johnathan Nelson of Little Rock, Arkansas scored an uninspiring six round decision over veteran Victor Paz of the Bronx. Nelson methodically out worked and out scored Paz to take the score of 60-54 on each of the judge’s scorecards. Nelson stays undefeated at 11-0 while Paz drops to 9-8-1.
Geneva, NY’s top amateur Aleem “Hammer” Whitfield made his pro debut a smashing success. The ending came suddenly for Zach Thomas (0-3-1) of Cincinnati when Whitfield landed an over hand right to the side of his head. Thomas was counted out at 2:27 of the first round.
Rochester’s Marcus Hall improved to 3-1 with a four round unanimous decision over Tolan Tascoe (1-3) of Montclaire, NJ. Scores were 39-37, 39-37 and 40-36 for the hometown welterweight.
Light heavy Isiah Thomas (5-0) scored an easy four round decision over game Craig Gandy (7-4-1) of Arkansas. Thomas floored Gandy with a left hook early in round three on his way to a 40-35 shut out on all the judge’s scorecards.
In the curtain riser, Issouf Kinda of Africa made fast work of Corey Somerville of Tennessee. A right hand rocked Somerville and Kinda jumped on him raining 20 unanswered punches. The refereethe stopped the fight at 1:09 of the first.