LAS VEGAS – Bruce Carrington cruised to an easy points victory over Cesar Cantu in his impressive pro debut Saturday.

Carrington consistently landed the harder punches, kept the tough Canu cautious of his power and basically beat up his game opponent for four rounds. Brooklyn’s Carrington, a decorated amateur, shut out Cantu, 40-36, on all three scorecards on the Tyson Fury-Deontay Wilder undercard at T-Mobile Arena.

Cantu (3-2, 1 KO), of Weslaco, Texas, lost a second straight bout, but he hasn’t been knocked out as a pro.

Carrington went for the knockout in the fourth round, when he drilled Cantu with a left hook 1:20 into it. Carrington’s left uppercut stung Cantu with 45 seconds to go in their fight.

A left hook by Carrington backed up Cantu 1:10 into the third round. Carrington caught Cantu with a right uppercut toward the end of the third round, and then came back with a right uppercut and an overhand right before the bell sounded.

Carrington opened a cut around Cantu’s right eye earlier in the third round.

Carrington cracked Cantu with a left hand and then a right in the opening minute of the second round. Carrington nailed Cantu with another right hand to the side of his head with just under a minute remaining in the second round.

Carrington’s hand speed advantage was evident early in the first round. He snapped back Cantu’s head with 1:15 to go in that opening round.

Carrington’s right to the side of Cantu’s head got his attention with about 15 seconds to go in the first round.

In the first fight Saturday, Viktor Faust needed less than three rounds to remain unbeaten.

The Ukrainian heavyweight prospect dropped Mike Marshall twice, once apiece in the second and third rounds, before referee Robert Hoyle stopped their scheduled eight-round bout. The official time of the stoppage was 1:49 of the third round.

Faust improved to 8-0 and recorded his sixth knockout. Marshall (6-2-1, 4 KOs), of Danbury, Connecticut, lost by knockout for the second time in five years as a pro.

Faust drilled Marshall with a right hand that dumped him flat on his back early in the third round. Hoyle stopped their bout after that second knockdown of the fight.

Faust connected with a right hand about 1:20 into the second round. Approximately 20 seconds later, Faust backed Marshall into the ropes and landed another right hand.

With just under a minute remaining in the second round, Faust knocked Marshall to the canvas with a left-right combination. Marshall answered Hoyle’s count in time and made it to the end of the round.

Marshall tried his best to get inside Faust’s long reach throughout the first round.

Faust knocked Marshall off balance with a jab about 30 seconds into their fight. He also stuck Marshall with a hard jab just before the opening round ended. 

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