Lomachenko-Commey undercard: Jared Anderson blows up Oleksandr Teslenko in two rounds

Young American heavyweight Jared Anderson.

Jared Anderson, considered by many to be America’s top heavyweight prospect, did nothing to dissuade anyone from the idea by wiping out Oleksandr Teslenko in the second round on Saturday night.

The bout was the co-feature of the lightweight bout between former world title holders Vasiliy Lomachenko and Richard Commey over Top Rank Boxing on the ESPN card at Madison Square Garden in New York City and Anderson made the most of the high slot. level.

“I’m here at 11-0, co-main event, Madison Square Garden, the best boxing team. I’m grateful, ”Anderson said.
Even though Anderson fought in a left-handed position – he’s right-handed – in the first round, he edged Teslenko 30-10, according to CompuBox stats.

6-foot-4, 240-pound (11-0, 11 KOs) Anderson, 22, of Toledo, Ohio, who has gained considerable experience as the primary training partner of heavyweight champion Tyson Fury in his recent training camps, returned to his usual Orthodox stance in the second round and finished the 6-4, 213-pound (17-2, 13 KO) Teslenko, 29, a native of Ukraine who fights in Montreal.

He landed heavily to the right near the temple and a left follow-up that knocked him down hard. Teslenko barely broke the score, but he was unable to continue and referee Danny Schiavone called him out at 1 minute and 32 seconds.

“We wanted to confuse him, so we went left-handed,” Anderson said. “I think we did just that. By the time we got back to the next round he didn’t know what was going to happen and he found himself on the mat.

Davis blows Zaragoza

First-rate lightweight prospect Keyshawn Davis was dazzled on his return to professional boxing after winning a silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics last summer by knocking out Jose Zaragoza in the second round of their six rounds planned.

With pros cleared for the last two Olympics, Davis (4-0, 3 KOs), 22, of Norfolk, Va., Accepted a spot on the United States squad in May after already turning pro without promoter. But last month he signed with Top Rank and made an impressive debut in his first bout of the deal.

“Today was a great day. We trained hard for this,” Davis said. “I had a great training camp. Every workout, every strength and conditioning session, every session pool training – I took it seriously just for this moment, so every time I step in the ring I have fun.

After easily winning the first round, Davis bombarded Zaragoza (8-4-1, 2 KOs), 33, of Mexico, in the first round. He let it go with a flush right uppercut and seconds later landed a thunder left to the body which crumpled Zaragoza. He barely broke the score but was unable to continue and referee Charlie Fitch stopped him at 2 minutes, 51 seconds.

Zaragoza, who arrived after winning three fights in a row, had never been stopped before.

About a month ago, Davis officially joined the training camp of Brian “Bomac” McIntyre and his star fighter Terence Crawford, who was at ringside.

“I’ve been around Terence Crawford for about three years now. I’ve had plenty of sparring sessions with him. Also with Jamel Herring, ”said Davis. “Hearing (Crawford’s) voice outside the ring certainly means a lot and I appreciate Terence Crawford for everything he did before this fight.

“I want to move as intelligently as possible. If that means going fast, then let’s go. ESPN, Top Rank, I’m ready, man. Push me as fast as you want, I’ll go all the way. I’ll take it to the highest limit.

Ali Walsh wins majority

In the first game of the four-fight telecast, middleweight prospect Nico Ali Walsh, who is the grandson of Muhammad Ali and was fighting at Madison Square Garden, where his grandfather made so much history of boxing, edged Reyes Sanchez by majority decision.

Judges James Kinney (40-36) and Robin Taylor (39-37) had it for Ali Walsh and judge Allen Nace had it 38-38. Kinney’s shutout score was surprising given Sanchez’s big third round.

“I fought against a very well-assorted opponent, who was 6-0. I learned a lot tonight, ”said Ali Walsh. “He stole my right hand. Fortunately, I saw his too. He was just a very skillful opponent. A lot of guys with three fights don’t fight someone like him, but because my career has been stepped up because of my name and grandpa I fight those kind of opponents, but it’s an honor to fight someone like Reyes Sanchez. “

Ali Walsh (3-0, 2 KOs), 21, of Las Vegas, badly injured Sanchez with a right hand to the side of the head in the second round and spent the last 20 seconds or so punching him all over the ring . Somehow Sanchez managed to stay upright but suffered a lot of damage as Ali Walsh rushed forward until the bell rang,

Sanchez (6-1, 2 KOs), 29, of Topeka, Kansas, recovered well and came out with a dropout in the third round and they went. But Sanchez got the upper hand on the action and some tough right hands in a strong round before battling a very tight fourth round.

The historic nature of the fighting at Madison Square Garden was not lost on Ali Walsh, who in the days leading up to the fight visited the building and saw memorabilia from his grandfather’s eight fights, including the famous “fight of the century,” Ali’s 15-round loss to Joe Frazier in their first heavyweight championship fight 50 years ago.

“It’s a piece of history just to be here let alone fight here,” said Ali Walsh.

Zayas crushes Mastronunzio

Junior middleweight Xander Zayas entered the ring with the words “Prospect of the Year” written on the side of his shoes and he made an impressive closing argument that it should be.

Zayas (12-0, 9 KOs), 19, a Puerto Rican from Plantation, Fla., Clubbed Alessio Mastronunzio (9-2, 3 KOs), 26, from Italy, for a first round knockout in their program six rounds to complete 6-0 year.

“I have come here to make a statement,” Zayas said. ” That’s what we did. I am prospect of the year. Hopefully I will let everyone know who the 2021 prospect is. “

Zayas landed a powerful right hand seconds into the fight to drop Mastronunzio and from there he beat him, sticking him with combinations and heavy shots from both hands. Mastronunzio did not fall back but Zayas rocked him several times. Zayas forced him to get on the ropes and as he lunged for him again, referee Danny Schiavone stepped in and waved him off at 2 minutes and 52 seconds.

“It’s amazing. I’m here making my dreams come true by fighting at the Garden for the first time,” Zayas said.

Valdez hits Sanchez in the body

Welterweight Pablo “Pretty Boy” Valdez scored four knockdowns, all on body shots, in a fourth round knockout Julio Cesar Sanchez in their scheduled six rounds.

New Yorker Sanchez (6-0, 4 KOs), 38, a close friend of growing super middleweight prospect Edgar Berlanga, pressured Sanchez (11-4, 6 KOs), 28, a A native of the Dominican Republic based in New York, throughout the bout but broke through in the fourth round.

Valdez, who spent several years in prison before being released and starting his professional career in 2018, scored all four knockdowns in the found with a series of punches to the body. The latest came when he grabbed Sanchez in the liver and fell to the mat, forcing referee Steve Willis to immediately stop the fight at 2 minutes and 40 seconds.

Bauza drops Williams five times

Junior welterweight John Bauza scored five knockdowns in a one-sided fourth-round knockout of Michael Williams Jr.
Bauza (16-0, 7 KOs), 23, a Puerto Rican southpaw fighting in North Bergen, New Jersey, scored a first-round knockdown with a short right crosshand to Williams’ forehead that knocked him down on the back and he sent it to the mat again in the second round with a left that dropped him hard on the behind.

Williams (19-1, 12 KOs), 22, of Fayetteville, NC, was on the move to avoid contact after that, but Bauza tracked him down and beat him in the fourth round with three more knockdowns. He drove Williams to the mat with a series of shots, sent him to his knees with a left, then knocked out with another left hand, which caused referee Charlie Fitch to immediately dismiss him without counting. at 2 minutes and 18 seconds.

Wilkins Borders Tapia

Junior lightweight James Wilkins clinched a narrow victory over Juan Tapia in an entertaining back-and-forth fight. In the end, the judges all had it for Wilkins, 77-75, 77-74 and 76-75 with the biggest moment of the fight in the fourth round when Wilkins landed a stiff blow to Tapia’s chin which had him. dropped in the back. .

Wilkins (10-2, 6 KOs), 25, of Staten Island, New York, rebounded from a 10-round decision loss to Bryan Chevalier in July. Tapia (10-4, 3 KOs), 28, of Brownsville, Texas, who lost decisions to Shakur Stevenson and Vladimir Nikitin, saw a two-game winning streak end.

Davis gets a TKO in the second round

Welterweight Kelvin Davis (3-0, 2 KOs), 25, of Norfolk, Virginia, dominated and stopped Ryan Schwartzberg (1-4-1, 1 KO), 31, of Dania, Fla, in the second round of their four-plus round.

Davis, who along with his older brother and star amateur Keyshawn Davis signed with Top Rank last month, injured Schwartzberg with a left-right combination in the first round.

In the second round, Davis made his nose bleed and brought him to his knees with a left hook to his chin. Schwartzberg came off the lap, but his corner stopped him during the rest period.

Ward smokes Norwood

Light heavyweight Joe Ward (6-1, 3 KOs), 28, a 2016 Irish Olympian, destroyed Britton Norwood (10-4-1, 7 KOs), 34, of Jackson, Mississippi, during the ‘a first-round knockout victory in their scheduled six rounds.

Ward badly injured Norwood with a right to the body and the fight was essentially over. Ward followed up with a chin-length jumpsuit that let him down, but Norwood beat the count. Ward, however, was all over him and as it rained punches at him, referee Charlie Fitch stepped in and waved him at 1 minute and 35 seconds.

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