By Jake Donovan
J'Leon Love was thorough in his dominance and breaking down of Vladine Biosse, scoring a 10th round stoppage in the main event of a Showtime-televised tripleheader Friday evening at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York.
The unbeaten middleweight scored a knockdown in round two, had Biosse cut and battered before eventually dropping and stopping his foe at 0:45 of the 10th and final round.
The bout became the lone predictable affair of the telecast, with Love never coming close to struggling the way promotional stablemates Chris Pearson and Badou Jack did on the undercard. The tone was set early on, and the fight never changed gears.
Biosse had been stopped in each of his previous two losses, and his performance early in the fight underlined why that has been the case. Love never struggled to find the Rhode Island-based boxer, who has spent his entire career in the Northeast. There were several rounds that could’ve easily been scored 10-8, although final scorecards would be eventually rendered moot.
There were plenty of awkward patches in the fight, but Love continued to put rounds in the bank and a pounding on Biosse’s face. The bout appeared to be destined for the scorecards when a power surge by Love had his opponent in trouble and clinging on for dear life. Love punched his way out of the clinch, forcing Biosse to slide downward and fall to the canvas.
It appeared as if the fight could have continued, especially given that there were barely more than two minutes remaining. However, referee Benji Esteves believed to have in his presence a fighter whose health was compromised, thus stopping the contest.
The final call was met with a mild protest by the Biosse camp, who voiced its opinion to the referee, ringside officials and even to Love himself.
The demand for a further explanation fell on deaf ears, rendering the final decision official.
Love improves to 17-0 (10KO) with the win, his second since testing positive for a banned diuretic last May. The Michigan native survived a tough test versus Gabriel Rosado, barely taking a disputed split decision on the undercard of his promoter and mentor Floyd Mayweather’s win over Robert Guerrero.
However, the win over Rosado was converted to a No-Decision when it was learned that significant traces of Hydrochlorothiazid was found in Love’s post-fight drug test.
The 26-year old has since fought twice on Showtime’s Shobox series, including Friday’s win over Biosse, who falls to 15-3-2 (7KO).
Super middleweight contender Badou Jack landed on the wrong end of an early contender for Upset of the Year. North Carolina's Derek Edwards scored two knockdowns en route to a shocking 1st round knockout in the evening's Showtime-televised co-feature at the Turning Stone Casino in Verona, New York.
Edwards applied subtle pressure from the opening bell, measuring up Jack while cutting off the ring. An overhand right produced the first knockdown barely 30 seconds into the contest, leaving Jack on unsteady legs.
A similar sequence came about mere seconds after action continued. Edwards wailed away at the body in an effort to free himself from a clinch before scoring a right hand as Jack was pitching forward. The fight was stopped the moment Jack hit the canvas face first.
The official time was 1:01 of round two.
Edwards picks up the biggest win of his career, improving to 27-3-1 (14KO). The North Carolina native entered Friday's contest having just one of his last five bouts (1-3-1, 0KO), including a 9th round stoppage against unbeaten Matt Korobov in his most recent ring appearance last December.
Jack was in line for a title elimination bout, but is now at a career crossroads. The Sweden-born super middleweight, now based out of Las Vegas, falls to 16-1-1 (10KO) in suffering the first loss of his career.
A 10-round draw versus Marco Antonio Periban last June offered hope that a budding super middleweight contender was upon us. Friday's result, however, paints a drastically different picture.
The opening bout of the Showtime-televised tripleheader saw Chris Pearson barely cling on to a narrow split decision win over veteran trialhorse Lanardo Tyner in their eight round super welterweight bout.
Scores were 76-75 Tyner, and surprisingly wide margins of 78-73 (twice) for Pearson, who was floored at the end of round six.
Pearson struggled early with the aggression of the 38-year old Tyner, who found a way in a hurry to overcome a massive height disadvantage. The early rounds saw the Detroit native bring the fight to the young prospect, though that riddle was eventually solved as Pearson assumed control and remained confident in his boxing abilities.
The middle round provided anxious moments, following by the threat of a full-blown upset when Pearson was rocked and bloodied late in round six. Tyner connected with a left hook to drive the 23-year old to the ropes, scoring with several unanswered power shots before producing the bout's lone knockdown.
Pearson was unsteady upon rising, but managed to survive the round and eventually the fight. It proved good enough to not only win the fight, but nearly pull a clean sweep on two of the three cards.
The matching cards of 78-73 meant that Pearson only lost round six, a round he was otherwise winning prior to the knockdown. Plenty of fans will disagree with that margin of victory, but it's tough to argue that the right guy didn't win in the end. With that, Pearson advances to 11-0 (9KO), picking up his first win of 2014.
Tyner falls to 31-9-2 (20KO), snapping a six-fight win streak which included an upset knockout win of former amateur standout Charles Hatley in Aug. '12.
Jake Donovan is the Managing Editor of Boxingscene.com, as well as a member of Transnational Boxing Ratings Board and the Boxing Writers Association of America. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox