By Chris Cook at ringside
Photos: David Martin Warr
Joey Hernandez took less than a round to dispatch Shakir Ashanti. Ashanti caught hold of Hernandez’s right hand and held on in the middle of the round. Hernandez unloaded his left hand to the exposed head Ashanti, landing dozens of shots. Ashanti fell to the canvas after the succession of blows. He was able to rise before the ten count, but unable to withstand the flurries upon flurries that soon followed. Referee stepped in to stop the bout at the 2:46 mark. After the fight, Hernandez called out Cory Spinks who was in attendance. Spinks processed to yell to the crowd that he will stop Hernandez. More to follow.
WBC #1 ranked heavyweight contender Bermane “B-Ware” Stiverne (22-1-1, 20 KOs), 243 lbs, defeated Willie Herring (13-11-3, 4 KOs), 212.75 lbs, in an eight round contest. The Miami native Stiverne won via unanimous decision 77-75 and 79-73 against a game Herring. Stiverne looked unimpressive in the contest, with Herring landing often and aggressing much of the fight. More to follow.
2008 Haitian Olympian and Miami native Azea Augustama (13-1-0, 8 KOs), 190 lbs, defeated Grover Young (6-7-1, 3 KOs), 194 lbs. Young came forward much of the opening round, trying to take the action to the Olympian. Augustama held his own well, countering the game Young. In a weird ending in the second round, Young backed away grabbing his forehead out of nowhere. Augustama paused for a second not knowing what happened, then turned on the heat landing a flurry of punches dropping Young for a ten count. Afterward it appeared Young was complaining about being thumbed in the eye, however, he forgot a cardinal rule of boxing: protect yourself at all times.
The Brazilian knockout artist Marcus “Happy” Oliveira (23-1-1, 21 KOs), 182.25 lbs, lived up to his nickname destroying Adam “Atom Bomb” Collins (11-6-0, 8 KOs), 178.75 lbs in the first round. Oliveira wasted no time in connecting on Collins as the match started, culminating with a powerful left hook to drop Collins. Referee administered the count and waiving off the fight at the 0:49 mark.
U.S. Olympic trial finalist Amir Imam (4-0-0, 3 KOs), 140.75 lbs, easily defeated John Willoughby (3-12-0, 2 KOs), 137 lbs. Imam made quick work of Willoughby knocking him down twice in the opening stanza en route to a second round TKO. Imam landed at will in the bout, hurting Willoughby with body shots in the second round. A solid right to the face forced the referee to jump in and call a halt to the bout at the 1:17 mark of the second.
In the opening bout of the night, undefeated Trevor Bryan (3-0-0, 2 KOs), 224.5 lbs, kept his record in tact by outboxing and outworking the much larger Brandon Spencer (1-3-0, 1 KO), 282 lbs. Bryan proved early on that he was the better technical fighter, landing cleaner shots against the more brawling Spencer. Action heated up in the third and fourth rounds as both fighters tired and punches landed at ease. All three judges reached the same conclusion, scoring the contest 40-36 for Bryan.
Full report to follow.