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).