Afolabi Stops Smith: Dusty Harrison, Rodriguez Win

by Francisco Salazar

Madison Square Garden, New York City - Cruiserweight contender Ola Afolabi stopped Anthony Caputo Smith after the third round of a scheduled 10 round bout. Afolabi (21-3-4, 10 KOs) could not miss as he repeatedly landed vicious hooks and right uppercuts to Smith's head and body. By the midway point of the second round, Smith's (15-4, 10 KOs) face was reddened by the number of punches that landed and he had a cut over his left eye. It got worse for Smith as midway through the third round, he was dropped by a left hook to the head. To his credit, Smith fought back, but the rally was short-lived as he was knocked down again, courtesy of a left-right combination to the head. After the bell sounded, the ringside physician told referee Steve Smoger to stop the bout to prevent Smith from receiving further punishment.

Welterweight Dusty Hernandez-Harrison won a one-sided eight round unanimous decision over Wilfredo Acuna. Hernandez-Harrison (23-0, 12 KOs) was in control throughout most of the fight. Hernandez-Harrison attempted to bait Acuna (15-15, 12 KOs) to move in and open up in an attempt to counter. It would work at times, as Hernandez-Harrison was able to land a right cross to the head or body. There were lulls during the fight where Hernandez-Harrison could have pressed the fight, especially to initiate with repeated jabs. Sensing he was down in the final round, Acuna went on the attack against Hernandez-Harrison. Undaunted, Hernandez-Harrison  was able to effective counter with right hands and left hooks to the body. All three judges scored the bout 80-72 in favor of Hernandez-Harrison.

Junior welterweight prospect Julian Rodriguez overwhelmed opponent Yankton Southern in the first round of a scheduled four round bout. Rodriguez (5-0, 4 KOs) landed a left hook to the body that forced Southern to take a knee. Southern (4-6, 4 KOs) was counted out at 43 seconds by referee Gary Rosato.

Francisco A. Salazar has written for since September of 2012 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. He also covers boxing for the Ventura County (CA) Star newspaper, RingTV, and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by MRCHOKEaMF on 07-26-2014

The HBO start of the show starts 8:30 central, but ooohhhh burt wonderstone is coming on.....Surely will be more interesting than another nobody being hyped to be another victim. Another no hope boxer:biggthump

Comment by Unseen on 07-26-2014

Are there any legal streams of this? I don't have access to anything in the UK with it.

Comment by yoshik on 07-26-2014

[QUOTE=nveleven;14798435]Since Vegas headline fights normally start around 9pm (west coast time), approx what time will GGG fight happen? Surely not 9pm (east coast time)?[/QUOTE] Figure approximately 10:00 cst

Comment by nveleven on 07-26-2014

Since Vegas headline fights normally start around 9pm (west coast time), approx what time will GGG fight happen? Surely not 9pm (east coast time)?

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