By Peter Lim at ringside
Former Olympic gold medallist turned trainer Frank Tate went 5-1 with his boxers at the Stafford Center on the outskirts of Houston. The event was staged by KRICH Promotions. Tate’s most impressive protege was Russian import Medzhid Bektimirov, 2-0 (2 KOs), who continued his impersonation of Mike Tyson as he crushed Gabriel Hayes, 2-3 (1 KO), in just 55 seconds.
Bektimiov, a cruiserweight, bludgeoned Hayes with wrecking ball left hooks and overhand rights as he hid behind a peekaboo defense while bobbing and weaving under incoming blows, Hayes made the fatal mistake of engaging the Russian at close range and quickly paid the price. Bektimirov trapped him against the ropes and unloaded a barrage of power punches to the head and body that sent him crumpling to the canvas for the full count.
In the main event, junior welterweight Lanardo Tyner, 22-3 (13 KOs), scored an eight-round unanimous decision over Taronze Washington, 13-12 (7 KOs).
Heavyweight Laderrick Miller made a successful pro debut as he harpooned a blubbery 369-pound John Little, 0-2, with two straight rights that rendered Little horizontal and motionless like a beached whale for the full count.
Junior middleweight Calvin Green, 21-4-1 (13 KOs), stopped Adrian Redmond, 4-6-1 (3 KOs), with a vicious body attack in the opening round.
Junior welterweight Jimmy Guzman, 3-0 (2 KOs), dropped Bruentre Miller, 3-3 (2 KOs), twice with left hooks before stopping him at 2:04 in the first round.
Female lightweight Kita Watkins, 5-5 (1 KO), scored a four-round majority decision over Michelle Nielsen, 8-5-1 (2 KOs), in a bout so close that all four rounds could have gone either way.