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Edwin Rodriguez Gets Controversial TKO of Baker

By Carlos Boogs

Agganis Arena, Boston, Massachusetts - Light heavyweight contender Edwin Rodriguez (26-1, 17KOs) started strong and was landing hard punches, but his third round stoppage of previously undefeated Craig Baker (16-1, 12KOs) was very premature. Rodriguez had Baker backed up against the ropes, and was landing some good punches but they weren't damaging punches and Baker seemed to have all of his senses. Out of nowhere, the referee jumped in and stopped the match. The stoppage seemed to surprise everyone.

ON THE UNDERCARD

Super bantamweight banger Jonathan Guzman (19-0, 19KOs) grabbed another knockout win with a fifth round stoppage over Christian Esquivel (27-7).

Welterweight contender Danny O'Connor (26-2, 10KOs) scored four knockdowns to stop overmatched Chris Gilbert (13-2, 10KOs) in the fifth round.

Gilbert was dominated in the fight. He went down in the second after a hard body shot. He was in pain and went down again from a good body shot, but the referee was out of position and waved it off, ruling the punch was a low blow. During the third, Gilbert went down again from what seemed to be more of a push, and it was scored as a knockdown. A cut opened up above the right eye of Gilbert near the end of the round. In the fifth, O'Connor scored two more knockdowns and the fight was waved off.

Gary O'Sullivan (21-1, 14KOs) stopped Melvin Betancourt (29-2, 23KOs) in the second round of a middleweight clash.

Logan McGuinness (23-0-1, 10KOs) had to get off the deck in round one to win a close six round unanimous decision over Gerardo Cuevas (17-14, 15KOs). All three judges had it 57-56.

Super featherweight prospect Ryan Kielczewski (23-1, 6KOs) bounced back after suffering his first career defeat, last month's eight round split decision loss to Danny Aquino, and stopped overmatched comeback opponent Anthony Napunyi (15-15, 8KOs) in the first round.

Super middleweight Edwin Espinal (6-0, 4KOs) won a four round unanimous decision over Alvaro Enriquez (12-14-2, 4KOs).

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by wildman on 05-24-2015

Baker wasn't badly hurt, but was taking some clean shots and was not answering back. If you watch the replay, the referee spoke to Baker a few seconds before stopping it. No doubt told him to show him something or…

Comment by Cuban Linx on 05-23-2015

They're setting up Rodriguez to be Stevensons next opponent because they have no options for Stevenson atm lol. I don't call many fighters bums, but Rodriguez is certainly a bum. He'll get knocked out in about 5 rounds. BTW premature…

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 05-23-2015

Rodriguez was kicking his butt. However that was a very premature and awful stoppage.

Comment by Boxing lives on 05-23-2015

has there been a worse stoppage in recent years?

Comment by puro dinamita on 05-23-2015

Who let john madden ref that ****ing fight disgrace stick to football

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