Thomas Williams Jr picked up a thrilling win over Edwin Rodriguez in tonight's PBC on FOX co-feature, and may have secured a shot at WBC light heavyweight titleholder Adonis "Superman" Stevenson for later this year, stopping Rodriguez at 2:59 of round two.
Williams (20-1, 14 KO) and Rodriguez (28-2, 19 KO) were expected to deliver a fireworks-heavy fight, and they lived up to any and all expectations by coming out and throwing bombs from the get-go, each man looking for an impressive knockout victory. Plus, it's just their style -- they're both fighters who love to attack, as we saw when they shared a bill on Spike last November, when both men came off the canvas to score early stoppage wins.
Williams connected with what seemed like the harder shots in the second half of an exciting opening round, with shorter, more precise blows compared to Rodriguez throwing from a great distance, often leaving himself wide open to be countered. That continued in the second round, as Williams did eat plenty of heavy leather, but the really telling blows, the shots that were more consistently snapping heads back, came from Williams.
At the end of the second, Williams caught Rodriguez with a stunning right hook, and followed up with a straight left that put Rodriguez on the canvas. The fight was called off at 2:59 by referee Wayne Hedgpeth.