Heavyweight Cliff Couser of Las Vegas, Nev., stopped Troy Beets of Ocean Springs, Miss., by technical knockout at 1:51 of the third round in the main event scheduled for 10 rounds on Tony Dane’s World Wide Boxing benefit professional boxing card April 7 at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Miss.
Couser, 238, won when the referee, on advice of the ringside physician, stopped the bout because of a broken left hand suffered by Beets, 229, earlier during the third round.
“I knew it was broken because I felt the pain up to my shoulder,” said the 31-year-old Beets, who now has a record of 12-8-1 with eight knockouts.
“I wanted to continue, but, perhaps, it was for the best that it was stopped,” said Beets.
“I wish it could have continued because I would have liked to win by knockout, but I understand why it was stopped,” said the 34-year-old Couser, who now has a record of 26-10-3 with 14 knockouts.
The fight was scored even by the judges through the first two rounds.
Dane termed the card, which was almost a sell-out, a success and said he plans to hold another show at Keelser AFB during the late spring or early summer of this year.
A portion of the proceeds from the card April 7 went to assist those persons in the Gulf Coast region who were victims of Hurricane Katrina, said Dane, who presented this second show in the area during the past nine months.