Friday results: Guerrero impressive
Undefeated middleweight prospect Fernando Guerrero battered an overmatched Michael Walker of Chicago to a second-round TKO Friday in Guerrero’s hometown of Salisbury, Md., on Showtime.
Guerrero (18-0, 15 knockouts) landed hard, accurate punches at a high rate from the opening bell while Walker (19-4, 12 KOs) did more covering up than firing back. The fight ended at 1:49 of the second round with Walker on the ropes taking dozens of unanswered shots, forcing the ring doctor step into the ring and save the loser from more punishment.
The crowd in Guerrero’s adopted hometown cheered wildly in approval.
“The crowd was a little bit off so I had to spice things up,” joked Guerrero, who is from the Dominican Republic. “I said I was going to go with him and fight an exciting fight. I’m going to be the new face of boxing, that’s a promise. I work hard like I’m going for a world title in every fight.”
Referee Malik Waleed waited much too long to end the fight but Walker seemed to be OK after the fight, although he was very upset.
“I’m pretty disappointed,” Walker said. “I think I could still go. He caught me with a shot but I was recovering. I should have moved when he was hitting me. It’s just a lesson learned.”
On the undercard, another unbeaten prospect, Shawn Porter (14-0, 11 KOs) of Akron, Ohio, stopped Colombian Raul Pinzon (17-5, 16 KOs) at 2:39 of the first round of a scheduled eight-round middleweight fight.
Pinzon took the fight on nine days notice and had trouble making weight.
On ESPN2, heavyweight contender Tony Thompson (34-2, 22 KOs) of Washington, D.C., stopped journeyman Owen Beck (29-5, 20 KOs) of Nashville, Tenn., at 2:50 of the fourth round of a scheduled 10-rounder in Memphis, Tenn.
Thompson, who throws punches at a tremendous rate for a heavyweight, dominated Beck with both his superior skill and power from the opening bell. Beck’s corner threw in the towel as he took a beating against the ropes.
Thompson, 38, has won three straight since he was knocked out by Wladimir Klitschko in July of 2008.
On the same card. Hank Lundy (18-0-1, 10 KOs) easily outpointed Tyrese Hendrix (18-1-1, 7 KOs) in a 10-round lightweight bout.