Supported by a large crowd at Fitzgeralds Casino in Tunica, MS, junior middleweight sensation Shawn “Showtime” Porter kept his perfect intact after scoring a fourth round TKO over upset specialist Jerome Ellis.
Headlining “Boxing’s Future Champions III”, Porter badly rocked Ellis with a solid left hook in the second, forcing the rugged Floridian to hold on. The 2008 US Olympic Alternate continued to have success in the third, attacking Ellis with quick, crisp combinations while using outstanding defensive movement to avoid return shots.
With the fight in his control, The Akron, OH native tagged Ellis with strong combinations to both the body and head, proving that a clash of heads early in the round could not deter him. Following the fourth round, Ellis refused to leave his stool, forcing Referee Randy Phillips to stop the contest.
“Ellis is tough as nails but once I got my rhythm going, I knew I was going to take over” said Porter, who served as Manny Pacquiao’s primary sparring partner for six weeks prior to the bout. “I felt great coming into the fight and can’t wait to return to the ring.”
Porter improves to 11-0 (9 KO’s) with the victory while Ellis drops to a deceptive 12-10-2 (9 KO’s).
Tyrese “Head Honcho” Hendrix, 18-0-1 (7 KO’s) continued his march up the lightweight ranks by outpointing hardcore veteran Marteze Logan over eight rounds.
The Gainesville, GA based southpaw used a strong right jab and hard combinations along with sensational ring generalship to baffle the gritty Logan . Scores were 79-73 twice and 78-74 for Hendrix, who has put together a string of solid performances.
Philadelphia, PA based welterweight Raymond “Tito” Serrano traded knockdowns with 50 fight veteran Anthony Bowman of Jackson , TN before getting back on track and pounding out a unanimous decision. Serrano worked hard to outpoint the awkward Bowman, winning by scores of 59-54, 57-54 and 57-55. The victory ups Serrano’s record to 11-0 with six KO’s.
Knockout artist and heralded amateur Dominic “The Blade” Wade of Largo, MD demolished Brookwood, AL ’s Bradley Thompson nineteen seconds after the opening bell. Wade, 5-0 (5 KO’s), ended Thompson’s night with a left hook and once again displayed why he is one of the top young prospects in the middleweight division.
In the opening bout of the evening, two time US Amateur Heavyweight Champion Mike Wilson, 4-0 (3 KO’s), of Medford, OR pounded debuting Tennessean Jerry Adams until the bout was halted at 1:28 of the second stanza. Wilson dropped Adams with a left hook in the opening round and forced three standing eight counts before the bout was stopped.
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The card was promoted by Prize Fight Boxing.