In 28 career fights, WBA Super Featherweight Champion Javier Fortuna had never scored a stoppage past the fifth round.
Tick that one off the list.
In the main event of tonight's Premier Boxing Champions card in Vegas, the unbeaten Dominican cruised past former Olympian Carlos Velasquez, dropping him in the second before ultimately forcing the referee to intervene in the tenth round.
Fortuna (29-0-1, 21 KO) was the faster man by a fair margin, picking off Velasquez at range with quick punches. Though some of his punches remained wider than necessary, he did manage to do good work with straight shots, especially his straight left to the body and head.
In the second round, Fortuna caught Velasquez (19-2, 12 KO) behind the ear with a right hook, sending him awkwardly to the mat. Fortuna did everything possible to put him away before the bell, including anding some hellacious body shots, but ultimately could not put Velasquez away. From there, Fortuna was on something like cruise control, circling well and catching Velasquez with a steady stream of punches in a clinch-heavy affair.
Velasquez, though game, had little answer for Fortuna's volume and footwork and, after eight rounds, seemed nearly spent from Fortuna's body attack. In the ninth, Fortuna dropped all pretense of technicality and basically just walked through Velasquez's tired shots with a prolonged flurry of blows. He kept this up in the tenth, forcing Russell Mora to step in at the 35-second mark.
It's hard to say exactly how Fortuna looked. His footwork was certainly excellent and he savaged the body with refreshing fervor, but he also seemed content to hang back at times wait for an opportunity rather than make one. Still, it was a solid performance, admittedly against a lower-tier foe.
Might be best to keep him away from KO Dynamite a little while longer.
The swing bout pitted TMT cruiserweight prospect Andrew "The Beast" Tabiti against Hungary's Tamas Lodi. Tabiti (12-0, 11 KO) controlled the fight from the beginning with solid body shots and counters, eventually catching Lodi (16-6-2, 13 KO) with a brutal straight right late in the second. Lodi managed to make it to his feet and survive the round, but his corner elected not to send him back out for the third.
There wasn't really enough time for an in-depth assessment, but Tabiti looked solid. Still remains to see how he'll do against more than a warm body, however.
The evening began with a clash between unbeaten super welterweight prospects Domonique Dolton and Oscar Molina, a textbook "someone's 0" matchup.
As it turns out, nobody's 0 went anywhere.
The two battled it out for ten entertaining rounds, Dolton's speed and activity clashing with Molina's timing and power. Molina (13-0-1, 10 KO), a 2012 Olympian, seemed to have Dolton figured out after a close first round and rattled the Kronk product with a hard left hook in the third. After that, however, Dolton (17-0-1, 9 KO) found increasing success as Molina's output waned.
Almost every round proved evenly-matched and difficult to call; the last few rounds in particular saw both men land big shots and eat them with aplomb. In the end, two judges turned in very reasonable 95-95 scores, the third vote a 97-93 for Dolton. Both men put in solid efforts and, while neither looked like a world-beater, they're both just 25, and could have solid futures ahead of them at 154.
For quick results and round-by-round coverage of the night's proceedings, click here.