Undefeated Forestville, MD super lightweight Mykal "The Professor" Fox delivered a technical beating to Haymarket, VA's Juan "The Savior" Rodriguez en route to a seventh-round TKO in front of a packed crowd at Rosecroft Raceway in Fort Washington, MD. The bout was the main event of the Kings Promotions card.
Fox, a Kings Promotions signee, started the onslaught early by landing a brutal left uppercut in the first round that bloodied Rodriguez's nose. Rodriguez gamely fought on in the contest but had no answer for the taller Fox's height and reach. The 6'4" Fox's right jab battered Rodriguez and dropped him in the third round. Fox continued to beat Rodriguez, causing cuts around both eyes to add to the bloody nose. Finally in the seventh round, referee Kenny Chevalier called a halt to the bout. The stoppage came at 2:00 of the round. Fox is now 12-0, four KO's and Rodriguez falls to 6-6-1, five KO's.
In the co-feature, Luther "Lights Out" Smith of Bowie, MD made his cruiserweight debut in grand fashion scoring a first-round TKO over "Fly" Mike Marshall of the Bronx, NY.
Smith, who previously fought as a heavyweight, landed some crushing shots on Marshall, dropping him twice. The second knockdown sent Marshall to the canvas face first. EMT's and ringside physicians rushed the ring to check on Marshall as referee Brent Bovell immediately stopped the bout at 2:55. Marshall recovered from the knockout and after the bout, gave a classy speech to the crowd. Smith's record rises to 6-1, five KO's. Marshall loses for the first time and is now 3-1, three KO's.
DC featherweight Jordan "Shortdog" White fought won of the better local bouts of 2016 winning a six-round unanimous decision over a very game Jose Elizondo of Monterrey, Mexico. White was able to knock Elizondo down twice in the first two rounds. The first knockdown happened with less than 10 seconds in the first round while the second happened in the second round as White landed a punch while Elizondo seemed to lose his footing. From that point on, the two men battled fiercely for the remainder of the contest. White won the bout by scores of 57-55 (twice) and 58-55.
White, participating in his first six-rounder, raised his record to 4-0, three KO's. Elizondo also competing in a six-round contest for the first time, falls to 2-2.
Undefeated Kings Promotions signee "The Puerto Rican Sensation" Kent Cruz of Austin, TX by way of St. Louis, MO scored a fourth-round TKO over Darius "I Am King" Ervin of Ventura, CA by way of Charlotte, NC. Cruz struggled early to get his distance against Ervin but midway through the fourth round, Cruz landed a right-left combination that sent Ervin to the canvas. Moments later, Cruz sent another right hand that dropped Ervin for the final time. The bout was stopped at 2:15.
Cruz is now 12-0, seven KO's while Ervin loses for the first time and he is 3-1.
Debuting Bowie, MD super lightweight "The Money Man" Greg Outlaw won a four-round unanimous decision over Lamont White of Waldorf, MD. Outlaw won by shutout (40-36) on all three cards despite dealing with a somewhat awkward opponent. White falls to 0-5.
Accokeek, MD super welterweight "Slick" Justin Hurd made a successful pro debut with a four-round unanimous decision over Hector "Maravilla" Mercado of Veracruz, Mexico. Hurd, the younger brother of world-rated super welterweight "Swift" Jarrett Hurd, had some difficulty landing punches on the more-experienced Mercado, who had 10 bouts on his resume. Mercado, however, had very little offensive at all and Hurd had just enough offense to get the win by scores of 40-37 and 39-37 (twice). Mercado falls to 2-10.
Kings Promotions signee Marcus "Dreamcrusher" Bates of Washington, DC stopped a tough Francisco "The Cisco Kid" Muro of Tuscon, AZ in the sixth round of a super bantamweight contest. Bates broke Muro down throughout the contest, dropping Muro twice in the fourth round, once in the fifth and once in the sixth before the bout was stopped at 2:30. Bates remains undefeated at 5-0-1, five KO's while Muro drops to 3-4.
The curtain-raising contest saw middleweight Patrick "New Era" Rivera of Edgewood, MD win a four-round decision over Hakeem Atkinson of Atlanta, GA. Rivera used good offensive skills but got caught at teams by the awkward style of Atkinson. Rivera managed to get the victory. The scores for the contest were not announced. Rivera raises his record to 2-0, one KO. Atkinson falls to 2-6, one KO.
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