Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall in Los Angeles -  In a battle between young, undefeated heavyweights. Michael Coffie (12-0, 9 KOs) kept his record unblemished with a powerful third-round knockout victory over Darmani Rock (17-1, 12 KOs). (photos by Sean Michael Ham)

Coffie, a 34-year-old Marine Corps veteran from The Bronx, N.Y., took a couple of rounds to figure out Rock of Philadelphia.

coffie-rock-fight (6)

When he did, it was lights out for Rock. Coffie went to work in the third round, dropping Rock with a left uppercut. Rock was able to make it to his feet to beat the count of referee Jack Reiss. A few seconds later, Coffie clipped Rock again with a short left hook that sent him to the canvas a second time.

coffie-rock-fight (4)

Reiss waved off the action at 0:59 seconds of the round, giving Coffie the victory and handing the 24-year-old Rock the first loss of his professional career.

coffie-rock-fight (3)

coffie-rock-fight (7)

michael-coffie (5)


coffie-rock-fight (5)

coffie-rock-fight (8)

coffie-rock-fight (9)

coffie-rock-fight (10)

coffie-rock-fight (1)

michael-coffie (2)_2021_02_01_003915

michael-coffie (1)_2021_02_01_003915

michael-coffie (3)_2021_02_01_003915