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Kim overwhelms Harris on FNF


Korean lightweight prospect Ji Hoon Kim scored a fifth-round technical stoppage of veteran gatekeeper Tyrone Harris in the main event of an ESPN2-televised card from Pechanga Casino in Temecula, Calif., on Friday.

Kim (20-5, 17 knockouts), a 23-year-old banger from Goyang City, South Korea, had to withstand an early assault from the more experienced and technically sharper Harris (24-6, 16 KOs), a well-schooled southpaw from Lansing, Mich., who pressed the action in the first three rounds of the scheduled 10-round main event of the Friday Night Fights broadcast.

Kim was forced to cover up and give ground to Harris as the 28-year-old pro applied methodical pressure behind accurate jabs and power punches. However, the late-starter to the game began firing back in the third round, and decided to make a move in the fourth when he opened up with both hands, mixing up hard one-two combinations, uppercuts and body shots.

Kim stayed on top of a retreating Harris with a non-stop attack in the fifth round until the veteran was floored from an accumulations of punches. Harris got up but was forced to the ropes and worked over by his antagonist until the referee stepped in — some might argue prematurely — at 1:52 of the round.

Harris, who was able to block most of Kim's follow-up punches and did not not seem seriously hurt, was unhappy with the stoppage. However, he did not throw a single punch after being dropped.

In the co-featured bout, Russian junior welterweight prospect Ruslan Provodnikov (15-0, 9 KOs) stopped former lightweight titleholder Javier Jauregui (53-17-2, 36 KOs) in the eighth round of a scheduled 10 rounder.

The 26-year-old former amateur standout engaged the cagey veteran in a bruising, mauling inside battle until his youth, size and physical strength began to take over. With Jauregui pinned against the ropes, referee Jack Reiss wisely waved the bout off before the older, smaller man absorbed any unnecessary punishment.