Undefeated Welterweight prospect Mark Reyes scored a dominant fourth round stoppage of Carlos Rodriguez on Thursday night at the Biloxi Civic Center in Biloxi, MS. Although Reyes was able to establish himself as the harder puncher of the two fighters early in the bout, the first three rounds of the fight were competitive where Rodriguez was able to hold his own. This changed in round four when Reyes connected with a short right hand to the head that sent Rodriguez down. Despite Rodriguez being able to beat the count, Reyes sensing he had his opponent in trouble pressed forward and scored a second knockdown with a follow-up barrage. Although Rodriguez was very “Game”in getting up for a second time and tried to survive, he simply had no way to keep Reyes off of him and the all out assault was finally halted when Referee Keith Hughes stepped in and stopped the fight at 1:51 of round four. Mark Reyes advances to 13-0, with 11 Knockouts. Carlos Rodriguez falls to 13-9-1, with 5 Knockouts.
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In the first of three Jr. Welterweight bouts on the card undefeated prospect Eridson Garcia scored a six round unanimous decision over Christian Guido. Garcia was able to pick his spots and consistently outworked Guido over the course of the fight. Official scores were: 60-54 (On all three scorecards in favor of Garcia. Eridson Garcia advances to 9-0, with 6 Knockouts. Christian Guido falls to 8-13, with 6 Knockouts.
This was followed by unbeaten prospect Tyler Tomlin, who scored an impressive first round knockout over Gabriel Gutierrez. A three punch combination, ending with a left hook to the body sent Gutierrez down in round one and unable to beat the count. Official time of the stoppage was 1:49 of the first round. Tyler Tomlin advances to 7-0, with 5 Knockouts. Gabriel Gutierrez falls to 5-9, with 3 Knockouts.
Finally, undefeated prospect Michael Williams scored a second round knockout of Thomas Miller. After a relatively uneventful first round, Williams brought a sudden end to things with a right hook to the body of Miller, who was unable to beat the count. Official time of the stoppage was 1:42 of round two. Michael Williams advances to 13-0, with 9 Knockouts. Thomas Miller falls to 6-4, with 3 Knockouts.
This card, which was promoted by future Hall of Famer Roy Jones’ RJJ Boxing, headlined the Boxing portion of a night of combat sports that also featured the debut of Jones’ Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) promotion IKON Fighting Federation, featured a look at several rising prospects in the RJJ Boxing stable. Although much like others in the sport, the main goal was to get these fighters in active competition again, despite the ongoing circumstances of the COVID-19 epidemic, it will be interesting to see if the fighters who were successful in these bouts will be able to step up the level of opposition in future bouts.
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