Khiry Todd admitted he wasn’t feeling his best, but whatever he had on Saturday was good enough.
Todd, a 28-year-old welterweight from Lynn, Mass. stopped Rynell Griffin of Las Vegas in the second round of the scheduled eight-round main event at the Derry Sportszone.
“I had a 24-hour bug,” Todd said. “I think I was at about 50 percent. It’s my 11 th pro fight and he has more than 50. It was good to get a test like this.”
Griffin, 37, dropped to 8-42-2 (2).
Todd (10-1, 8 knockouts) dropped Griffin three times before referee Mike Ryan stopped the fight at 40 seconds of the second round. A left hook to the head sent Griffin to the canvas for the final time. He got up, but Ryan had seen enough and stopped the fight.
Todd dropped Griffin twice in the first round. A right hand to the top of the head led to the first knockdown. A left hook caused the second, which happened just before the end of the round.
In the co-feature, junior welterweight Ray Jay Bermudez of Albany, N.Y. stopped Dewayne Wisdom of Indianapolis in the fifth round of a scheduled six at 2:20. Bermudez improved to 9-0 (6). Wisdom dropped to 7-50-2 (3).
Middleweights Anthony Concepcion of Providence, R.I. and Larry Johnson of Dallas fought to a four-round draw. Martha Tremblay scored it 38-37 for Conception. David Paton had it 38-37 for Smith. Jack Morrell scored it 38-38. Concepcion, who had World Boxing Organization middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade in his corner, left the ring at 4-0-1 (4). Smith, a former Texas welterweight champion, is now 10-41-2 (7). The draw snapped a 26-fight losing streak.
James Perkins of Lynn, Mass. stopped debuting Francisco Neto of Woburn, Mass. in the second round of a four-round cruiserweight bout. Perkins (1-0-1, 1 KO) dropped Neto twice in the second before Ryan stopped the fight at 1:01.
WBC Latino and ABF Continental Americas cruiserweight champion Vinnie Carita of Pembroke, Mass. stopped Fabio Garrido of Sao Paulo, Brazil in the first round of a scheduled eight-round non-title contest. Carita dropped Garrido with a right hand. Referee Leo Gerstel stopped the fight at 1:46. Carita improved to 22-1-1 with 21 knockouts. Garrido dropped to 29-6-1 (23).
Junior middleweight Jalen Renaud of Springfield, Mass. stopped Carlos Gallindo of Woburn, Mass. in the first round at 2:48. Renaud picked up his first stoppage victory, climbing to 3-0. Galindo dropped to 1-13.
Omar Bordoy of Danbury, Conn. knocked out Paulo DeSouza of Woburn, Mass. in the first round of a scheduled six at junior welterweight. Bordoy dropped DeSouza with a body shot and Gerstel reached the 10-count at 2:50. Bordoy improved to 9-1 (3). DeSouza dropped to 0-17.
Junior middleweight Ricky Ford of Claremont, N.H. picked up a victory when Cliff McPherson of Cleveland did not answer the bell for the fourth round of a scheduled six. Ford climbed to 4-1-2 (2). McPherson dropped to 2-39-1 (1).
Heavyweight Justin Rolfe of Fairfield, Maine knocked out debuting Jackson DeSouza of Woburn, Mass. in the second round of a scheduled four. Gerstel stopped the fight at 2:40. Rolfe improved to 3-1 (3).
Featherweight Dominique Crowder of Hyde Park, N.Y. stopped Juan Ibarra of Willow Springs, N.C. in the first round of a scheduled four at 2:42. Crowder improved to 2-0 (2). Ibarra dropped to 0-2.