MIAMI GARDENS, Florida – Keyshawn Davis started off his birthday weekend in style Saturday night.

The decorated amateur from Norfolk, Virginia, knocked out Lester Brown in the second round of his scheduled four-round pro debut on the Canelo Alvarez-Avni Yildirim undercard at Hard Rock Stadium. The highly touted lightweight prospect, who’ll turn 22 on Sunday, dropped Brown in that second round and stopped him with 10 seconds remaining in it.

A left hook by Davis buzzed Brown early in the second round. Davis continued unloading crisp punches in combination during the second round, when he dropped Brown with another left hook.

Brown got up and continued, but Davis continued hammering him with hard shots until their fight was stopped, with Brown still on his feet.

A left uppercut by Davis penetrated Brown’s guard in the final minute of the opening round. Brown was careful in that first round and mostly backed away from Davis.

Davis was a national Golden Gloves champion in 2017 who was expected to compete for the United States in the postponed 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.

The 25-year-old Brown (4-3-3, 1 KO), of Nassau, Bahamas, lost by knockout in a second straight bout. He hadn’t boxed before Davis defeated him since December 2019, when Manuel Correa (7-0, 5 KOs) stopped him in the third round in Miami.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.