By Thomas Gerbasi
Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York - In the walkout bout, unbeaten Brooklyn heavyweight Adam Kownacki rolled over Hyannis? Jesse Barboza via third-round TKO.
The end came at the 56-second mark, with Harvey Dock stopping the one-sided contest. With the win, Kownacki moves to 14-0 with 11 KOs. Barboza falls to 11-2-1 with 7 KOs.
Continuing to improve her defense while picking her shots a lot better, Brooklyn's own Heather Hardy remained unbeaten, outpointing Denver's Kirstie Simmons over eight rounds.
Scores were 79-73 and 78-72 twice for 'The Heat,' now 17-0 with 4 KOs; Simmons falls to 8-2 with 2 KOs.
Fighting at her usual fast pace, Hardy didn't stand and brawl with Simmons. Instead, she avoided her opponents wild rushes and came back with potshots throughout the eight rounds. Particularly effective with her right hand, Hardy proved that a step up in competition is in order by the end of the year.
Unbeaten light heavyweight phenom David Benavidez kept his perfect record intact, taking away the unbeaten slate of Montreal's Francy Ntetu via seventh-round TKO.
After a strong start from Benavidez, Ntetu began tagging the Arizona native late in the first, showing himself to be more than willing to stand and trade with the teenage power puncher. By round two though, you could see by the look on Ntetu's face and his tendency to hold on to his clinches that Benavidez' attack was beginning to take its toll.
The Montrealer wasn't going away though, and given Benavidez' porous defense, if Ntetu had a little more power, the fight might have gone in a different direction. As it was though, it was Benavidez doing the punishing, with Ntetu, game but outgunned.
In round seven, which actually followed some of Ntetu's best flurries of the fight, referee Shada Murdaugh halted the bout, drawing the ire of the crowd and the Canadian. The official time of the stoppage was 1:30, and while Murdaugh took heat from the crowd, a pre-round visit from NYSAC doctor Barry Jordan likely played a role in the stoppage due to the accumulation of punishment Ntetu had taken to that point.
With the win, Benavidez moves to 15-0 with 14 KOs; Ntetu falls to 16-1 with 3 KOs. At the time of the stoppage, Benavidez led 58-56 on two cards and 59-55 on the third.
Unbeaten Madrid prospect Jonathan Alonso got a gutsy effort out of Brian Jones in their welterweight bout, but Alonso was too fast and accurate for the Los Angeles product, allowing him to win a one-sided six round unanimous decision.
All three judges saw it 60-54 for Alonso, now 10-0 with 4 KOs; Jones falls to 13-6 with 7 KOs.
Rising 140-pound star Regis Prograis took the vacant NABF title with relative ease, stopping Colombia'?s Luis Florez in the fourth round.
The Louisiana native found out early on that Florez couldn't hurt him, and from there it was target practice. The southpaw put Florez on the deck in the second round, and at 1:47 of the fourth, a series of unanswered flush blows brought in referee Ricky Gonzalez to halt the contest.
Prograis moves to 18-0 with 15 KOs; Florez falls to 21-4 with 17 stops.
Bronx junior welterweight Josue Vargas kept the pressure on Ryan Picou for all four rounds of their bout, and while he couldn't get rid of the Las Vegan, he did lock up a shutout four-round decision.
All three judges saw it 40-36 for Vargas, now 5-0 with 3 KOs. Picou falls to 2-10-1.
In the junior middleweight opener, Bayamon, Puerto Rico's Nicklaus Flaz improved to 3-0 with 3 KOs, stopping Brooklyn's Mack Babb (1-7) at 1:13 of the first round.