After two evenly-matched rounds, tonight's PBC on FS1 main event came to a crashing halt thanks to Yenifel Vicente's overhand right.
Vicente (28-3-2, 20 KO) came out aggressively, forcing the favored Juan Dominguez (19-1, 13 KO) onto the back foot with heavy swings. Though the crisper puncher, Dominguez couldn't keep his foe away, and the situation only worsened when he lost a point in the second round for low blows.
That didn't wind up mattering, however, as Vicente began the third by a tremendous overhand right that turned Dominguez's lights off in an instant. "Baby Tito" went down worryingly hard and stayed there until he was removed from the ring via stretcher.
It was a horrifying moment, though alleviated somewhat by the announcer's failure to get the microphone working to announce Vicente as the winner.
We here at Bad Left Hook hope for Dominguez's swift recovery.
Middleweight prospect Immanuwel Aleem's knockout streak came to an end in the middle bout, but his undefeated record remained intact as he defeated Colombian slugger Carlos Galvan via eight-round decision.
Aleem (15-0, 9 KO) ran into some trouble early on when he tried to stand and trade with Galvan, who made up for his slower offense with tenacity. The two were fairly even through the first four rounds, even though Galvan (11-4-1, 10 KO) nearly went down in the third from an overhand right.
After that, however, Aleem went back to working behind his jab, landing rapid combinations and holding his own when the Colombian bullied his way into the clinch. Galvan never stopped advancing and landed his fair share of heavy punches, but never managed to really rock Aleem, who won on scores of 78-74 and 77-75 twice.
Aleem's only 22, so hopefully he can grow from this.
The opening bout saw cruiserweight prospect Keith Tapia handily outclass veteran Garrett Wilson, surviving a couple of tough early rounds to take a wide unanimous decision;
Tapia (17-0, 11 KO) went to work immediately with a rapid-fire jab, putting together long combinations behind it as the heavy-handed Wilson (16-10-1, 9 KO) struggled to close the distance. "The Ultimate Warrior" did manage to visibly rock Tapia in the second round with a hard right cross and may have banked a couple of the opening rounds, but struggled to consistently deal with Tapia's footwork and jab.
Though Tapia never managed to truly hurt Wilson, he showed some very nice offensive chops, including some switch-hitting. He ultimately took the fight on scores of 97-93 and 99-91 (twice), the latter of which matched Bad Left Hook's score.
Overall, a very solid performance from the young man.
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