Silver Spring, MD bantamweight Alexandru "The Spartan" Marin scored a third-round TKO over Johnny "The Law" Determan of Dallas, TX to win the vacant International Boxing Organization (IBO) International Bantamweight title Saturday night at the ABC Sports Complex in Springfield, VA. The bout was the main event of the Ponytail Promotions/Sho Nuff Promotions card.
In the second round of the bout, Marin landed a straight left followed by a picture-perfect right hook to the head that dropped Determan to his knees. Marin would land a left-right combination to Determan's face to drop him a second time.
Marin would finish the job late in the third round as he walked Determan down with pressure eventually leading to a straight left hand that dropped Determan for the third time in the bout. Determan's corner would not let their boxer continue and the bout was stopped at 2:37 of the round.
Marin remains undefeated at 12-0, eight KO's while Determan falls to 10-2, eight KO's.
The co-feature contest would be the only bout to go the distance as Gerald Tucker of Cincinnati, OH won a four-round unanimous decision over Reggie Barnett, Jr. of Chesapeake, VA in a featherweight contest. Tucker was able to win the contest with good offensive pressure in the second half of the contest. Tucker won by scores of 39-37 across the board to remain undefeated at 7-0-1, three KO's. Barnett loses for the first time and he is now 3-1, two KO's.
Woodbridge, VA cruiserweight Mario Flores won his bout by disqualification over Greg Hackett of Philadelphia, PA. Flores had difficulty at times landing shots on the elusive and crafty Hackett. However, Hackett stayed in survival mode throughout the contest and provided little to no offense in the contest. Referee Michelle Myers deducted a point from Hackett in the fourth round for holding and one in the fifth round for intentionally dropping his head down. Finally, near the midpoint of the sixth round, Myers disqualified Hackett for continued offenses. Flores is now 7-1-2, four KO's while Hackett is 2-16-1.
Middleweight Carlos Cruz of Ashburn, VA made his pro debut a successful one as he scored a first-round TKO over the equally-debuting Jerrel Artis of Brooklyn, NY. Cruz jumped on Artis early, landing a left hook that dropped Artis. Moments later, Cruz landed another left hand that sent Artis to the canvas for the count. The bout was stopped at 1:12.
Baltimore, MD super middleweight Stephon "The Surgeon" Morris scored a first-round TKO over David "Rock Steady" Rohn of Villa Park, IL. Morris dropped Rohn twice in the contest before it was stopped at 2:59. Morris is now 3-0, three KO's while Rohn is 0-6-1.
Leesburg, VA super lightweight Eric "El Torito" Hernandez scored a TKO over Arthur "Two Heads" McCrow of Greensboro, NC when McCrow could not come out for the second round. Hernandez battered McCrow throughout the first round, knocking him down twice. After the bell rang to begin the second round, McCrow could not come off his stool. Hernandez raises his record to 8-0, five KO's while McCrow falls to 0-3.
Another Leesburg super lightweight product, Matthew Abregu, stopped Alan Beeman of Providence, RI at 2:51 of the second round. Abregu pressured Beeman with head and body shots for the duration of the bout. Abregu knocked down Beeman with a series of right uppercuts. Beeman, while taking the count, shook his head and chose not to continue. Abregu is now 3-0, three KO's and Beeman falls to 0-13.
Highly-touted Philadelphia, PA welterweight prospect Jaron "Boots" Ennis needed just 20 seconds to knockout Deshawn Debose of Milwaukee, WI. The 18-year-old Ennis landed a solid straight left hand that dropped Debose for the count. Ennis is now 3-0, three KO's. Debose drops to 0-5.
Newport News, VA heavyweight Jerry "Slug" Forrest scored a second-round knockout over Dan "The Disciple" Shull of Winchester, VA. Forrest dropped Shull with a right hand in the first round. The punishment continued in the second round as Forrest blasted Shull with a left hand sending Shull to the canvas. Shull could not get up from the punch and the bout was stopped at 40 seconds of the round. The win is the fifth knockout victory in a row for Forrest, who is now 12-2, 11 KO's. Shull falls to 3-32-1, one KO.
In the opening contest, Joshua Jones, a super lightweight from Philadelphia, PA, dropped Charleston, WVA's Christopher "Rocky" Kuhn three times en route to a first-round stoppage at 1:52. Jones is now 2-0, two KO's while Kuhn is 0-2.