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Rodriguez Defeats Hernandez by Stoppage in Eight

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By Stephen Tobey


UNCASVILLE, Conn. – Either way, Delvin Rodriguez won.
 
Just moments after it was announced that the Danbury, Conn. fighter won an eighth-round technical majority decision victory over Freddy Hernandez, officials reviewed instant replays and ruled the cut over Hernandez’s left eye was caused by a right hand over the top and not an accidental butt, giving Rodriguez a TKO victory and the vacant International Boxing Federation North American junior middleweight title Friday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena.
 
At the start of the eighth, Rodriguez landed the shot that eventually ended the fight. The cut over Hernandez’s left eye was aggravated later in the round. The ringside doctor examined the cut and recommended that referee Harvey Dock stop the fight. The time of the stoppage was 1:37.
 
Rodriguez was leading 78-74 and 77-75 on two cards in the scheduled 10-rounder. The third judge scored it 76-76.
 

“It’s always better to win by TKO,” said Rodriguez, who improved to 28-6-3 with 16 knockouts. “Anybody can see the right hand over the top. It was clear.”
 
After the butt in the eighth, Rodriguez landed several good right hands, putting Hernandez back on his heels.
 
In the third round, a there was a small cut in the corner of Rodriguez’s right eye. Dock indicated that an accidental headbutt caused it. Hernandez had a smaller cut on his left eye.
 
After another clash of heads in the sixth, Rodriguez openly complained about his eye. The doctor examined it and allowed the fight to continue. The round ended with a good right hand from Rodriguez to the head and two body punches from Hernandez.
 
“He was a tough guy,” Rodriguez said. “After the second headbutt, I was a little dazed. I had trouble getting my rhythm. Every time I tried to come in close, he came in with his head.” Hernandez, of Los Angeles, dropped to 30-5-1 (20).
 
Chris Howard of Crossville, Tenn.won a technical split decision over Issouf Kinda of New York in a scheduled 10-round junior welterweight bout.
 
The fight was stopped after the sixth round when ringside physicians advised referee Dan Schiavone to stop the fight due to swelling over Howard’s left eye caused by an accidental headbutt. Dick Flaherty and Tom Schreck scored it 58-56 for Howard, 16-2-1 (7); Tom Carasone scored it 59-55 for Kinda,16-1 (6).
Kinda had the faster hands while Howard did some good work to the body. Early in the sixth, Kinda landed a hard overhand right that drove Howard back on his heels. Howard kept coming forward and landed some solid body shots before the round ended.
 
In a four-round heavyweight bout between two New York State residents. Constantin Bejenaru of Catskill and Excell Holmes of Buffalo had their fight ruled a no-contest at 2:30 of the second round. An accidental butt opened a cut midway up Bejenaru’s forehead, forcing Dock to stop the fight after ringside physicians examined it.
 
Bejenaru, 3-0 (4) controlled the action against the taller Holmes, 2-1, (1), dropping Holmes with a right hook early in the second round. Bejenaru landed more hooks, rocking Holmes again before the taller Holmes banged his head against Bejenaru’s.
 
Junior middleweight Michael Moore of Cleveland won a six-round unanimous decision over Lancaster, PA.’s Doel Carrasquillo. The scores were 60-54 (twice) and 59-55. Moore improved to 12-0 (6) while Carrasquillo dropped to 17-24-1 (14).
 
Jimmy Williams of New Haven, Conn. scored a TKO victory over Marqus Jackson of Atlanta when Jackson did not answer the bell for the fourth and final round of their welterweight bout. Williams climbed to 3-0 (2); Jackson dropped to 2-10 (2).
 
Michael Mitchell of Patterson, N.Y. claimed his first win with a four-round unanimous decision over Saul Almeida of Framingham, Mass. at middleweight. All three judges scored it 40-36. Mitchell improved to 1-1-1. Almeida dropped to 0-1-1.
 
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By Stephen Tobey
 
UNCASVILLE, Conn. – Either way, Delvin Rodriguez won.
 
Just moments after it was announced that the Danbury, Conn. fighter won an eighth-round technical majority decision victory over Freddy Hernandez, officials reviewed instant replays and ruled the cut over Hernandez’s left eye was caused by a right hand over the top and not an accidental butt, giving Rodriguez a TKO victory and the vacant International Boxing Federation North American junior middleweight title Friday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena.
 
At the start of the eighth, Rodriguez landed the shot that eventually ended the fight. The cut over Hernandez’s left eye was aggravated later in the round. The ringside doctor examined the cut and recommended that referee Harvey Dock stop the fight. The time of the stoppage was 1:37.
Rodriguez was leading 78-74 and 77-75 on two cards in the scheduled 10-rounder. The third judge scored it 76-76.
 
“It’s always better to win by TKO,” said Rodriguez, who improved to 28-6-3 with 16 knockouts. “Anybody can see the right hand over the top. It was clear.”
 
After the butt in the eighth, Rodriguez landed several good right hands, putting Hernandez back on his heels.
 
In the third round, a there was a small cut in the corner of Rodriguez’s right eye. Dock indicated that an accidental headbutt caused it. Hernandez had a smaller cut on his left eye.
 
After another clash of heads in the sixth, Rodriguez openly complained about his eye. The doctor examined it and allowed the fight to continue. The round ended with a good right hand from Rodriguez to the head and two body punches from Hernandez.
 
“He was a tough guy,” Rodriguez said. “After the second headbutt, I was a little dazed. I had trouble getting my rhythm. Every time I tried to come in close, he came in with his head.” Hernandez, of Los Angeles, dropped to 30-5-1 (20).
 
Chris Howard of Crossville, Tenn.won a technical split decision over Issouf Kinda of New York in a scheduled 10-round junior welterweight bout.
 
The fight was stopped after the sixth round when ringside physicians advised referee Dan Schiavone to stop the fight due to swelling over Howard’s left eye caused by an accidental headbutt. Dick Flaherty and Tom Schreck scored it 58-56 for Howard, 16-2-1 (7); Tom Carasone scored it 59-55 for Kinda,16-1 (6).
Kinda had the faster hands while Howard did some good work to the body. Early in the sixth, Kinda landed a hard overhand right that drove Howard back on his heels. Howard kept coming forward and landed some solid body shots before the round ended.
 
In a four-round heavyweight bout between two New York State residents. Constantin Bejenaru of Catskill and Excell Holmes of Buffalo had their fight ruled a no-contest at 2:30 of the second round. An accidental butt opened a cut midway up Bejenaru’s forehead, forcing Dock to stop the fight after ringside physicians examined it.
 
Bejenaru, 3-0 (4) controlled the action against the taller Holmes, 2-1, (1), dropping Holmes with a right hook early in the second round. Bejenaru landed more hooks, rocking Holmes again before the taller Holmes banged his head against Bejenaru’s.
 
Junior middleweight Michael Moore of Cleveland won a six-round unanimous decision over Lancaster, PA.’s Doel Carrasquillo. The scores were 60-54 (twice) and 59-55. Moore improved to 12-0 (6) while Carrasquillo dropped to 17-24-1 (14).
 
Jimmy Williams of New Haven, Conn. scored a TKO victory over Marqus Jackson of Atlanta when Jackson did not answer the bell for the fourth and final round of their welterweight bout. Williams climbed to 3-0 (2); Jackson dropped to 2-10 (2).
 
Michael Mitchell of Patterson, N.Y. claimed his first win with a four-round unanimous decision over Saul Almeida of Framingham, Mass. at middleweight. All three judges scored it 40-36. Mitchell improved to 1-1-1. Almeida dropped to 0-1-1.
 


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