Saturday, April 28th 2018

Jesse Hart TKOs Demond Nicholson

Jesse Hart’s only pro defeat came at the hands of Gilberto Ramirez last September in a battle for the WBO super middleweight title. The proud Philadelphia native is now one step closer to the rematch he wants so desperately.

In a chippy affair in front of the partisan hometown crowd. Hart (24-1, 20 KOs) knocked down Demond Nicholson three times en route to a seventh-round TKO. Nicholson (18-3-1, 17 KOs) landed a heavy overhand right as the bell sounded to end the first round, but Hart regrouped, knocking Nicholson down twice in the third round. Hart ended matters in the seventh round, with the time of the stoppage coming at 2:25.

Isaac “Royal Storm” Dogboe weathered Jessie Magdaleno’s first-round storm, surviving a knockdown to come back and defeat the defending WBO junior featherweight champion via 11th-round TKO. Magdaleno, who was defending the belt for the second time, was knocked down once in the fifth and twice in the 11th before referee Benjy Esteves stopped the fight at 1:38. Dogboe led on all three cards (96-91, 95-93, 97-91) at the time of the stoppage.

In the battle for Philly heavyweight supremacy, Bryant Jennings prevailed over old amateur rival Joey Dawejko by unanimous decision. All three judges scored the bout 98-92 for Jennings,(23-2, 13 KOs), who lost to Dawejko early in his amateur career. Dawejko (19-5-4, 11 KOs) saw his eight-bout unbeaten streak come to an end.

Shakur Stevenson (6-0, 3 KOs) flashed the power and the got the job done quickly, scoring a second-round TKO over the previously unbeaten Patrick Riley (12-1 6 KOs). The 2016 U.S. Olympic silver medalist knocked Riley down in the second round and ended matters with a follow-up barrage.

Robson Conceicao (7-0, 4 KOs), the 2016 Brazilian Olympic gold medalist, picked up his second victory of 2018 with a six-round unanimous decision over Alex Rynn Torres (6-2, 3 KOs) of Calgary, Canada, in a six-round super featherweight fight. All three judges had it a shutout, 60-54.

Philadelphia native Christian Carto thrilled the hometown crowd, but it was far from an easy night at the office. Carto (15-0, 11 KOs) toughed out a unanimous decision over Edwin Rodriguez (8-5-1, 4 KOs) of Ponce, Puerto Rico, by scores of 77-75, 77-75 and 78-74. Carto was stunned by a right hand in the sixth round but weathered the tough moment to keep his undefeated record.

It was a nip-and-tuck fight, and in the end, the judges could not decide on a winner. Undefeated Kent Cruz (14-0-1, 9 KOs) salvaged a draw against Mohamed Rodriguez (11-4-1, 4 KOs) in an eight-round lightweight fight. The judges had it 78-74 Cruz, 77-75 Rodriguez, and 76-76.

Another fight, another first-round stoppage for Joseph Adorno (7-0. 7 KOs). The Puerto Rican power puncher needed only 1:11 to knock out Jorge Padron in a super featherweight bout. A right hand to the body ended things, as Padron took the 10-count. Adorno has scored six first-round knockouts in his young career.