By Keith Idec
NEW YORK – “The Indian Tank” took on a tougher opponent in his second professional fight than in his pro debut.
Vikas Krishan’s six-rounder unfolded accordingly Saturday night on the Terence Crawford-Amir Khan undercard at Madison Square Garden. Noah Kidd penetrated Krishan’s suspect defense at times in their six-round junior middleweight match, but Krishan connected enough with his straight left hand to somehow score a shutout on two of the three scorecards.
The 27-year-old Krishan (2-0, 1 KO), a two-time Olympian for India, won by scores of 60-54, 60-54 and 59-55. Krishan, who initiated numerous clinches when they fought inside, suffered a cut over his right eye during the fifth round.
The 23-year-old Kidd, of Jefferson City, Missouri, lost a second straight bout. Highly touted Kazakh prospect Daniyar Yeleussinov stopped Kidd in the third round of his last fight, last April 28 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Lawrence Newton easily won Saturday night while taking a slight step up in competition.
Newton, a bantamweight prospect who’s guided by Terence Crawford’s trainers, out-worked and out-landed Jonathan Garza to win a six-rounder by unanimous decision at Madison Square Garden. Newton, of Deerfield, Florida, won all six rounds on one scorecard (60-54) and five rounds on two scorecards (59-55, 59-55).
The 22-year-old Newton improved to 12-0 (7 KOs) by winning on the Crawford-Amir Khan undercard. The 22-year-old Garza, of Eagle Pass, Texas, has lost three of his past four fights, all by decision (7-3, 2 KOs).
Later Saturday night, New York-based super middleweight prospect Edgar Berlanga needed all of 46 seconds to overwhelm Samir Barbosa in a fight scheduled for eight rounds.
The 21-year-old Berlanga (10-0, 10 KOs) swarmed and quickly stopped Barbosa (37-16-3, 26 KOs), a Brazilian journeyman who’s 2-6 in his past eight fights.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.