Costa Mesa, California– James Kirkland (27-0, 24 KOs) scored his second consecutive stoppage victory since returning from his prison stint by beating Colombia’s Jhon Berrio (15-9, 11 KOs) in two surprisingly competitive rounds.
In the first, the heavy favorite, Kirkland, even found himself momentarily buzzed by a Berrio counter right hand.
However, in the second, Berrio appeared to be looking for a way out and seemingly found it in a flurry of Kirkland punches that were relatively glancing shots. Whatever, Berrio stayed down for the full count.
In the card’s official main event, Luis Ramos Jr. (18-0, 8 KOs) won a tight majority eight round decision over Jose Hernandez (10-5-1, 4 KOs). Judges’ scorecards were: 79-73, 77-75, 76-76.
Hollywood, Florida– Meanwhile, on ESPN2’s Friday Night Fights, welterweight contender, Brad Solomon (17-0, 7 KOs) outhustled Demetrius Hopkins (30-2-1, 11 KOs) to a unanimous ten round decision.
As is often the case with Hopkins, he had the ability, but lacked the fire to beat am obviously hungrier Solomon. The judges’ scorecards reflected the true outcome: 97-93, 99-91, 99-91, all in favor of Solomon. The Boxing Tribune also scored the bout 99-91 for Solomon.
Other Noteworthy Fights–
(Heavyweight) Cedric Boswell UD 10 Oliver McCall; (Jr. Featherweight) Yan Barthelemy UD 10 Francis Ruiz