By Matt Richardson and John DiSanto at ringside
Photos: Ed Diller/DiBella Entertainment
In the final walkout bout, heavyweight Travis Kauffman, 29-1, 21 KOs, knocked out Richard Carmack, 13-7, 11 KOs at 2:07 of round one.
Fringe heavyweight contender Artur Szpilka stopped Yasmany Consuegra in the second round of a swing bout after the Tarver-Cunningham main event. Szpilka hurt Consuegra early and Consuegra began complaining of a knee injury. That became worse after he was dropped in the second round. He rose and elected to fight on but when he got to his corner the fight was called off before the third round could begin. Szpilka, who has only lost once, to Bryant Jennings, is now 20-1 with 14 wins by knockout. Consuegra is now 17-2 with 14.
Unbeaten middleweight Maciej Sulecki barely broke a sweat, stopping Jose Rodriguez in the first round. Sulecki, fighting in front of a loyal, pro-Polish crowd dropped Rodriguez quickly before referee Harvey Dock called a halt at the 2:07 mark. Sulecki is now 21-0 with six knockouts; Rodriguez is 21-9 with 13.
In an 8-round fight between two undefeated junior lightweights, Kamil Laszczyk, 21-0, 8 KOs, got the Prudential Center’s pro-Polish contingent warmed up with an impressive points victory over Dominican Oscauris Frias, 16-1, 6 KOs. With every serious attack by Laszczyk, the red-shirted fans were on their feet and waving their red and white scarves. When the action slowed, the crowd chanted “Ka-Mil” to help get Laszczyk going again. In round four, Laszczyk, North Bergen, NJ, dropped Frias with a bolt of a right hand and the crowd exploded. However, Frias was able to continue and lasted until the final bell. Laszczyk won a lopsided 8-round unanimous decision by three official scores of 80-70. Besides the knockdown in the fourth, Laszczyk also won the third round by a 10-8 score when Frias was penalized one point for hitting after the bell.
122-pound prospect Luis Rosa won a unanimous decision against journeyman Giovanni Caro when Caro couldn’t continue after the sixth due to an unintentional head butt. Rosa (21-0, 11 KO’s) hurt Caro from the start. He buckled his knees after connecting with a combination in the opening round and hurt him again in the second. Caro (24-17-4, 29 KO’s) was marked up and dominated throughout so the chance for the fight to end early without the fighter having to take any further punishment was probably welcome. Since four rounds of action were already officially in the books the fight was sent to the scorecards and Rosa won via tallies of 60-55, 59-55 and 58-56. The fight was scheduled for eight rounds.
In a scheduled eight-round junior middleweight fight Jarret Hurd (16-0, 9 KO’s) slammed Jeff Lentz all over the ring before referee Harvey Dock called a halt in the penultimate frame. Hurd repeatedly stunned Lentz with wide punches from the outside. But instead of stepping back to look for the appropriate openings, he got excited and swung wildly. If he fought a little more patiently he may have been able to secure the knockout victory much earlier in the contest. Still, the dominance exhibited by Hurd was obvious and by the seventh he was in full control. After connecting with a combination that snapped Lentz’s head back and sent him into the ropes Dock appropriately stepped in to call an end to the fight with Lentz still standing. There was only one second left in the round. Lentz, who came into the fight unbeaten, is now 5-1 with one win by knockout.
In the opening bout at the Prudential Center in Newark, NJ, welterweight, Mikkel LesPierre, 10-0, 4 KOs, remained undefeated with a 6-round unanimous decision over Baltimore’s Kevin Womack, Jr., 7-7-3, 5 KOs. The New York southpaw dominated the action with a steady body attack and frequent right hooks upstairs. LesPierre’s best punch of the fight was a jarring right hook just before the bell ended round five. Womack came out aggressively in the final round, but LesPierre regained control with his heavier blows. Womack was hurt midway through the round with a hard left by LesPierre, but held on until the final bell. Official scores were 60-54 and 59-55 twice, all for LesPierre.