Gonzalez dethrones Jackson for IBO featherweight title
Ringside report by Andreas Hale
Photos by Chris Cozzone
Jackson Asiku tried to fight with the heart of a Mexican on Mexican Independence Day, but that strategy played right into Jhonny Gonzalez’ hand as the former WBO bantamweight champion claimed Asiku’s IBO featherweight title with a resounding 6th round TKO stoppage.
It was a nice 29th birthday gift for Gonzalez who scored the 40th knockout career in impressive fashion in front of 1,153 at the Las Vegas Hilton on the card promoted by Roy Englebrecht and Promociones del Pueblo.
Asiku – who falls to 26-4 - played with fire early as he stood right in Gonzalez’ range and opted to trade shots with the heavy hitting Mexican.
It would be an ill-fated game plan as Gonzalez – who improved to 46-7, 40 Kos - demonstrated why he has collected 40 KOs in his 46 wins with a blistering display of body and head combinations. Asiku was game and the Mexican contingency in attendance appreciated the Australian’s heart as he stood right in Gonzalez’ wheelhouse for as long as he could before succumbing to his power.
In the fourth round, a monster left hook connected squarely on the chin of Asiku and the Aussie’s legs were the first thing to go. Asiku would do his best to dance out of danger but several punches sent the reeling Asiku down. Although he would rise and make it out of the round, Asiku was clearly damaged goods and would never return to form for the rest of the fight.
Asiku would go down again twice in the 5th round courtesy of a Gonzalez left hooks and the crowd could sense that the end was certainly near.
Referee Kenny Bayless arguably let the fight go on longer than it should have when Asiku came out of his corner still without his legs fully under him in the 6th round. In full survivor mode, Asiku attempted to dance away in order to clear his head but a straight right hand thumped the former Olympian and a slew of punches with bad intent finally forced Bayless to end the fight at 1:09 in the 6th round.
“I’m ready for anybody. Whoever wants to take me on I’m ready,” Gonzalez said afterwards through a translator. “I’m ready for (Yuriorkis Gamboa, Juan Manuel Lopez or any top fighter) and will not duck anybody.”
Roman Knocks Out Tyrone Harris With A Blistering Body Shot
In the evening’s co-featured bout, Miguel Roman scored an impressive 5th round knockout of Tyrone Harris in an IBO super featherweight eliminator scheduled for 12 rounds.
Roman (31-7) came out of the gates the aggressor and pushed forward as he winged wide power shots in the direction of Harris. Roman’s aggressiveness nearly cost him early as he was warned constantly for leading with his head and nailed Harris with a low blow in the 3rd.
Harris (24-7) did his best to box and keep Roman at bay. The southpaw was effective when he let his hands go and scored with the lead right hand and putting punches together behind the jab.
In the fifth round, with blood dripping from his nose, Roman attacked Harris’ body to control his mobility. A right hook to the body delivered a delayed reaction as Harris took a knee and referee Jay Nady proceeded to count Harris out to give Roman quite the impressive 23rd knockout victory of his career.
Time of stoppage was 2:03.
Reyes Punishes Villereal
Marcos Reyes turned up the heat to stop Victor Villereal with a second round TKO in six round super middleweight action.
Reyes scored his 15th KO victory with an onslaught that started late in the second round. Reyes dropped Villereal (9-6-2) with a chopping right hand with under a minute left and then scored another knockdown with a beautiful left hook to the body.
Sensing the end of the round was near, Reyes(17-1) rifled off a barrage of punches that found their home on Villereal’s face and forced referee Russell Mora to stop the fight at 2:57.
Proctor Outpoints Griffin
In a battle of evenly matched lightweights, Khadaphi Proctor managed to outhustle Renell Griffin en route to a 4 round majority decision. Proctor was the better counterpuncher and landed the more telling blows as Griffin (6-3-1) simply couldn’t seem to get off on this night. Scores were 38-38 and 40-36 (twice) in favor of Proctor who improves to 6-5-1.
Banks Shocks Hill With TKO
Former Miami Hurricane tailback Quadtrine Hill suffered his first loss of his professional career when Yohan Banks short circuited the young pro with a short right hand in the fourth and final round to earn the surprising TKO victory in Heavyweight action.
Hill (1-1) looked to be cruising to an easy decision victory when Banks (4-4-3, 2 KOs) caught his opponent coming in with a right uppercut that flattened Hill and gave Banks the unlikely victory. Time of stoppage was 2:24.