By Phil Doherty at ringside
Derrick Wilson (10-4-2, 3 KOs) of Ft Myers scored a scintillating unanimous decision upset against formerly undefeated Puerto Rican featherweight Braulio Santos (10-1, 9 KOs) in their ten-round main event from the BB&T Center in Sunrise tonight. Both men set a blistering pace early, with Wilson’s quicker hands scoring well against Santos’ heavier shots. The fight was extremely close coming down to the final rounds when Wilson launched a counter right over the jab of Santos, forcing the Puerto Rican to touch his glove to the floor. Judges saw it 95-94 and 96-93 (twice) for Wilson.
With the original “Hitman” Thomas Hearns sitting ringside, undefeated light middleweight Jermall “The Hitman” Charlo (14-0, 10 KOs) flattened 39-year old Ecuadorian veteran Luis Hernandez (21-6, 14 KOs) at 2:26 of the second round to win by TKO. Following a measured first round, Charlo came out swinging in the second with a stinging jab and heavy right hands. After dropping Hernandez earlier in the round, Charlo landed a punishing chopping right hand to floor him again, forcing referee Sam Burgos to wave it off as the glassy-eyed Ecuadorian vainly tried to continue.
Undefeated light middleweight Daquan Arnett (11-0, 7 KOs) of Orlando maintained his unblemished record in spectacular fasion, scoring a picture-perfect left hook to drop and stop Mexican Miguel Zuniga (13-2, 8 KOs) at 1:37 of the fifth round. The televised co-main event showcased Arnett’s sharp defense, footwork and counterpunching. Zuniga caught some fire in the fifth as Arnett parked himself along the ropes, urging Arnett to make the fight a war. Arnett happily obliged the feisty Mexican, who bravely attempted to beat the count as his corner threw the towel into the ring.
Former US Olympian Errol “The Truth” Spence Jr. (6-0, 5 KOs) of Dallas made quick and easy work of Mexican Guillermo Ibarra (7-3, 4 KOs) by way of knockout at 1:33 of the first round. The southpaw Spence dropped Ibarra with a right hook to the body, prompting an eight-count from referee Sam Burgos. Spence brought the “Truth” seconds later with a head shot to floor the Mexican, who lay on the canvas holding his gloved hand to the back of his head as Burgos counted him out.
Nineteen-year old undefeated welterweight Justin DeLoach (3-0, 2 KOs) of Augusta saved wild-swinging Jonathan Olivera (0-1) of Homestead from himself in his professional debut. Olivera came out with wild-swinging off balance punches that left openings for DeLoach to score easily. Referee Frank Santore halted the action following a solid body shot that floored Olivera at 1:40 of the first round.
The school of hard knocks taught another hard lesson for former amateur standout Steve Geffrard (0-2) as he lost his second professional fight in a row by way of split decision against Travis “Severe” Reeves (1-1-1) of Baltimore. The heavy-handed Reeves came out aggressively to start the action, dropping Geffrard with a left hook seconds into the first round. Geffrard fought on, covering up and looking for openings to potshot the advancing Reeves in the second and third rounds. Unfortunately it was not enough to sway the judges, who scored it 38-37 (Geffrard) and 38-37 (twice) for Reeves.
Puerto Rican welterweight Chris “SugarBoy” Velez (5-0-1, 3 KOs) dominated the pace and punishment in his four-round unanimous decision victory over Jose Segura Torres (2-4-2, 1 KO) of Homestead. Working behind a steady jab Velez set up solid left hooks and straight rights to both the body and head of the game Torres. A clash of heads at the close of the third round left a nasty gash over Torres’ left temple, which streamed blood throughout the fourth round. Velez poured on the pressure to close the show withall three judges awarding him identical scores of 40-36.
Golden Boy Promotion’s Fight Series from the BB&T Center opened with local lightweight Travis Castellon (1-0-1, 1 KO) notching his first career victory via technical knockout over Will Fauth (0-1) of Orlando. The southpaw Castellon spoiled Fauth’s pro debut after numerous unintentional head clashes left Fauth with a wicked knot on his forehead. Following consultation with ringside physician Dr. Allan Fields,Fauth’s corner retired prior to the start of the second round.