Demond Brock continues climbing toward success
After beginning his pro career with two losses in his first five bouts, Demond Brock has righted the ship of his career.
That is a far cry from where he was in his personal life before even making his pro debut.
Brock squares off against Jesus Gutierrez at the Downtown Las Vegas Event Center on Friday night.
The 10-round lightweight bout will air live on CBS Sports Network, beginning at 11 p.m. ET/ 8 p.m. PT.
Brock holds a modest pro record of 11-3-1 (4 knockouts). What is more impressive is Brock, who resides in Kenner, Louisiana, has made the most of a second chance at life.
Prior to making his pro debut in June of 2012 against unbeaten Maurice Hooker, Brock served over 14 years at Louisiana State Penitentiary for armed robbery. It was in the penitentiary where Brock would learn how to box.
After the loss to Hooker, Brock would win eight of his next nine bouts before suffering a loss at the hands of Cameron Kreal in September of 2014.
The 35-year-old Brock is unbeaten in his last five bouts, with one of them being a no-contest. In his last bout on March 20, Brock stopped veteran gatekeeper Guillermo Sanchez in the second round.
Gutierrez (14-0-1, 4 KOs) will likely have the crowd support as he resides in the Las Vegas area. In his last bout on Sept. 10, the 27-year-old Gutierrez won a one-sided, six-round decision over Roberto Acevedo.
Gutierrez has also earned modest wins over Rashad Ganaway and Mike Maldonado.
In the co-main event, unbeaten junior middleweights Rolando Garza (8-0, 6 KOs) and Erasmo Garcia (5-0-1, 3 KOs) will do battle in a six-round bout. Both fighters, who reside in Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico, are coming off of knockout wins within the last six weeks.
Opening the “Knockout Night at the D” broadcast will be a four-round bout between welterweights Jeremy Nichols (4-0, 2 KOs) and Adam Vasquez (5-0-1).
Francisco A. Salazar has written for RingTV since October of 2013 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. Francisco also covers boxing for the Ventura County (California) Star newspaper, BoxingScene.com and Knockout Nation. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing.