Super middleweight contender Joey Gilbert wasted no time taking control of the action Thursday night, dropping William Johnson with his first punch. The Reno, NV resident would drop the rugged Mississippi veteran four times before a halt was called to the action at 1:18 of the second round.
“I felt great right out of the box, he threw a combination and I decked him with a solid overhand right. He was game and aggressive but I was able to beat him to the punch on a consistent basis” said Gilbert.
Knocking down Johnson twice more in the first, Gilbert finished him with a crunching left hook to the body in the second. With the win, Gilbert moves to 17-1-1 (13), with his second straight knockout win in the last three weeks. On October 30, he knocked out Dan Wallace, also in the second round, his first bout back coming off a thirteen month layoff.
Johnson drops to 9-18-1 (3) and has now lost five straight contests.
Gilbert and Yerington’s Jesse Brinkley are scheduled for their long awaited showdown in early 2009, details of which will be announced shortly.
Said Gilbert, “I’ve been training diligently since September and these last two fights have been terrific for me. I’d like one more in the next couple of weeks before I begin camp for the Brinkley fight.”
The Gilbert/Johnson bout was the feature attraction at the 93rd Ballroom Boxing event at Michael’s Eighth Avenue in Glen Burnie, MD.
Gilbert is promoted exclusively by Chet Koerner’s TKO Boxing Promotions of Las Vegas, NV.