NIGHT OF OLYMPIANS: THE MISMATCH MARATHON
By G. Leon
Gary Russell Jr. KO3 Roberto Castenada: Undefeated featherweight contender Gary Russell Jr. (21-0 with 13 KOs) dominated Roberto Castenada from the moment the bell rang until a perfectly timed right hand separated Castenada from his senses. Official time of stoppage was 1:25. It's safe to say it's time for Russell, a 2008 Olympian, to step up his level of opposition.
Terrell Gausha TKO3 Dustin Caplinger... Terrell Gausha successfully made his professional debut by battering Dustin Caplinger for nearly nine minutes. When Gausha finally opened up in the third round, the bout ended quickly. Caplinger was dropped twice and the stoppage came at 1:55.
Errol Spence Jr. TKO3 Johnathan Garcia... Jonathan Garcia was game, but as the viewing audience surely knew, none of the opponents on this telecast held even a microscopic chance of upsetting any of the debuting 2012 Olympians. Junior welterweights generally don't fare well against junior middleweights, so it was predictable that Errolo Spence took care of business and stopped the overmatched Garcia in the third round. Official time of stoppage was 2:41.
Marcus Browne TKO3 Codale Ford: Light heavyweight Marcus Browne dropped game middleweight Codale Ford with a body shot in the third round and ended matters moments after Ford made it to his feet. Official time of stoppage was 1:04
Dominic Breazeale TKO1 Curtis Tate: The most despicable bout of the night (and for this telecast that's REALLY saying something) took place when Dominic Breazeale stopped Curtis Tate in the first round. Boxingtalk suspects those swimming trunks being worn by Tate. Official time of stoppage was 1:06 of the first round.
Rau'Shee Warren W4 Luis Rivera: Three-time American Olympian Rau'Shee Warren did not disappoint. He dominated his opponent with superior hand and foot speed, but was robbed of the shutout he deserved when he slipped and the referee ruled it a knockdown. Official scores were 40-36 and 38-37 (twice) in Warren's favor.