By Peter Lim
Welterweight Lanardo Tyner (23-3, 14 KOs), claimed the vacant Texas welterweight belt by knocking out flabby southpaw Anthony Middlebrooks (8-6-2, 7 KOs), in the fourth round at the House of Blues in Houston on Saturday night. Tyner, 34, dropped Middlebrooks twice in the second round, first with a straight right to the chin and then with a left hook to the body. Tyner took the third round off and to experiment with a southpaw stance of his own and peppered Middlebrooks, 34, with right jabs throughout the round. As soon as he switched back to an orthodox stance in the fourth round, Tyner leveled Middlebrooks for the full count with a hook-right-hook combination.
Cruiserweight bomber Medzhid Bektemirov raised his record to 4-0 with 4 KOs when he hurt Chucky Dillard (3-5-1, 1 KO) with a left hook and bombarded him with a series of unanswered shots, prompting the referee to intervene in the first round.
John Arellano (2-0, 2 KOs) a 17-year-old, six-foot tall lightweight, stopped Gerardo Dominguez (1-7) with a volley of sharp punches in the first round.
Featherweight Gil Garcia (3-1, 1 KO) dropped Julio Valardez (4-9-1, 3 KOs) in the third round en route to a four-round unanimous decision.
And welterweights Adam Ealoms (1-0-2, 1 KO) and Ivan Castaneda (2-1-1, 1 KO) fought to a four-round draw.
The fights were staged by KRICH Promotions.