By Francisco Salazar
Super middleweight contender Derrick Webster stopped former middleweight contender Les Sherrington in round eight late Saturday night at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
The southpaw Webster rained down punches on the shorter Sherrington, who was fighting for the first time in over a year.
Webster battered Sherrington with each passing round, landing punched with more conviction until referee Gary Rosato saw enough and stopped the bout at 1:32 of the sixth round.
The 36-year-old Webster (27-1, 14 knockouts), who hails from Glassboro, New Jersey, has won his last eight bouts since his 10 round decision loss to Arif Magmedov in July of 2015.
Sherrington drops to 37-11, 21 KOs and has lost four of his last six fights.
Junior welterweight Samuel Teah of Philadelphia knocked out Zack Ramsey (8-4, 4 KOs) at 2:49 of the opening round to improve to 14-2-1, 7 KOs.
In junior welterweight action, Branden Pizarro (11-1, 5 KOs) stopped Hector Marengo (7-13-4, 4 KOs)
at 1:32 of the second round. Pizzaro, who also lives in Philadelphia, made his pro debut 10 days after his 17th birthday.
Lightweight Jeremy Cuevas (10-0, 8 KOs) of Philadelphia knocked out Uganda's Deo Kizito (3-4, 2 KOs) at 2:02 of the sixth round.
In cruiserweight action, Kenny Cruz Carasquillo of Puerto Rico was able to grind out a six round unanimous decision over former 46-year-old Prince Badi Ajamu (29-5-1, 15 KOs). Scores were 59-55, 59-55, and 58-56 for Cruz Carasquillo, who improves to 3-2-1, 2 KOs.
Hard Hitting Promotions promoted the card.
Francisco A. Salazar has written for Boxingscene.com since September of 2012 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (Calif.) Star newspaper. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing