By Peter Lim at ringside
Featherweight Dat Nguyen, 17-1 (6 KOs), scored a unanimous eight-round decision over Colombian veteran Andres Ledesma, 15-15 (10 KOs), at the Arena Theater in Houston. Nguyen started off aggressively and dropped Ledesma against the ropes with a crisp overhand right-left hook combination in the second round. Emboldened by the knockdown and eager to end the fight early, Nguyen became overanxious and loaded up on his punches for the remainder of the bout instead of utilizing the boxing skills that made him a top amateur. Ledesma was able to avoid most of Nguyen’s telegraphed shots, get in some of his own and last the distance. The bout was staged by TKO Boxing Promotions.
The knockout of the evening belonged to welterweight Gerardo “Tin Tin” Ibarra who flattened Gustavo Mejia, 3-8-1 (3 KOs), with a picture-perfect left hook to the jaw in the opening round. It was a punch ripped from the pages of a boxing textbook. Dipping left to slip incoming blows, Ibarra exploded full pivot with the hook that sent Mejia to the canvass for the full count.
Heavyweight Eugene Hill, 18-1 (15 KOs), stopped southpaw Joseph Harris, 10-10 (7 KOs), with a debilitating body assault. Hill forced the fight into the phone booth and rammed away to the ribcage with short, compact punches until Harris’ corner capitulated in the fourth round.
Lightweight Francisco Contreras dropped southpaw Ronald Boyd, 6-9 (2 KOs), three times in the first round to keep his perfect 11-0 (11 KOs) record in tact.
Flyweight Ray Whitfield, 22-1 (11 KOs), turned in a workmanlike performance to win an eight-round unanimous decision over Evaristo Primero, 14-13-1 (7 KOs).
KJ Noons, 11-2 (5 KOs), won a six-round over tough but overmatched Julio Perez, 6-15-2 (4 KOs), in a junior middleweight bout.
Undefeated lightweight Mickey Bey, Jr., 14-0 (7 KOs), dropped Michaelangelo Lynks, 7-11-2 (2 KOs), in the second round en route to a six-round shutout decision.
And welterweight David Garcia made a successful pro debut stopping Artis Walton, 0-1, in the second round.