Junior middleweight Julian Williams remained undefeated with a third-round knockout of Mexico City’s Freddy Hernandez in a scheduled 10-rounder.
Williams, 15-0-1 (9), picked up his ninth knockout after he dropped Hernandez with a left hook early in the third round. Referee Leo Gerstel counted Hernandez out 35 seconds into the round.
That was the second knockdown in the fight. The 23-year-old Williams dropped Hernandez on the very first punch he landed in the fight, a straight right hand just seconds after the opening bell. “I take whatever I can get,” said Williams. “I saw the opening and I landed it.”
Hernandez, 30-7 (20), quickly returned to his feet after the first knockdown but never really mounted any offense. Williams drove Hernandez back with a right to the body later in the first and landed more left hooks in the second round. For the 34-year-old Hernandez, it was his fifth straight loss and his sixth in his last seven fights. He owns a decision victory over Luis Collazo in 2011 and went the distance in losses against current World Boxing Organization junior middleweight titleholder Demetrius Andrade and WBA titlist Erislandy Lara.
“It means a lot but I’m not getting too excited,” Williams said. “I still have a lot to learn. I’ll go back and look at the films.”
In the co-main event, heavyweight Alexis Santos of Lawrence, Mass. knocked out Sylvester Barron of Seattle, Wash. in the fifth round of a scheduled six.
Santos, 13-0 (11), finished the fight at 2:08 of the fifth after he landed two right hands upstairs and a left hook that put Barron on the mat. Barron’s corner threw in the towel before referee Bob Benoit could reach the count of 10.
Barron, a 39-year-old who stood three inches taller than the 6-foot, 24-year-old Santos, quickly held on after Santos landed any good shots earlier in the fight but at the start of the fifth round, he exchanged shots with Santos on the ropes. Santos got the better of the exchange. Barron bought himself a little more time before Santos landed the punches that ended the fight.
Barron dropped to 8-4 (3).
Prior to the fight, one of Santos’ cornermen, Mel Peabody fainted in the dressing room. He recovered and was in Santos’ corner during the fight.
John Joe Nevin, a 2012 Olympic silver medalist from Mullingar, Ireland, won his pro debut with a six-round unanimous decision against Alberto Candelaria of San Juan, Puerto Rico at junior featherweight. The scores were 59-55 on all three cards. Candelaria dropped to 3-1-1 (2). There were no knockdowns. Earlier in the fight, Nevin landed mostly looping body shots. He landed straighter punches later in the fight, attacking the head more with the jab and right hand.
Lightweight Jamie Kavanagh of Dublin, Ireland, won an eight-round unanimous decision over Andres Navarro of Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico. Dan Fitzgerald and Jack Morrell scored the fight 79-73. John Madfis scored it 80-72.
Kavanagh, 16-1-1 (7), was in control for most of the fight and had Navarro bending over from his body attack by the sixth round. Navarro dropped to 9-5-1 (6).
Junior lightweight Ryan Kielczweski of Quincy, Mass. won a six-round unanimous decision over Guillermo Sanchez of Buffalo, N.Y. The scores were 60-54 (twice) and 60-55. Kielczweski is now 19-0 (4). Sanchez is 13-11-1 (5).
At super middleweight, Billy Traft of Dorcester, Mass. stopped Joe Brewer of Wichita, Kansas in the first round of a scheduled four. Gerstel stopped the fight at 1:45. Traft is now 4-0 (2). Brewer is 0-6.
Debuting welterweight Pedro Gonzalez of Gloucester, Mass. won a four-round majority decision against Greg Vendetti of Stoneham, Mass. Madfis and Morell scored the fight 39-37 for Gonzalez. Fitzgerald scored it 38-38. Vendetti dropped to 4-2-1 (2).
Rashidi Ellis, a welterweight from Somerville, Mass. knocked out Bryant Abraham of Schenectady, N.Y. in the second round of a scheduled four. Ellis, 4-0 (3), dropped Abraham twice in the first and once in the second before Gerstel counted him out at 1:08. Abraham dropped to 6-19-2 (6).
Kareem Martin of Clinton, Md. knocked out Eric Palmer of Fairchance, Pa. in the first round of a scheduled four at welterweight. Martin, who was making his pro debut, dropped Palmer with a body shot midway through the opening round. Benoit reached the count of 10 at 1:42. Palmer dropped to 2-2-2.
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