Ringside Report by Resolution Sports
Ola Afolabi (21-3-4, 10 KOs) vs. Anthony Caputo-Smith (15-4, 10 KOs)
Due to his distinct height disadvantage, Philly toughman Caputo-Smith tried to get inside during the opening round, but his face quickly began showing the repercussions of what can happen when you do that without a sound defensive approach. In the second frame, the flush uppercuts, jabs and straight right hands that Afolabi was feeding his opposition truly opened up the face of Caputo-Smith, who began to bleed heavily from his nose and brow. He continued to fire back at Afolabi, but he was eating a ton of offense from the British cruiserweight. The third stanza would be the final one of this bout, as Caputo-Smith was the victim of continual abuse and tasted the canvas twice over the three-minute time frame. Following a flurry and hard body shot from Afolabi in the opening minute, Caputo-Smith went down the first time but chose to continue fighting. Just before the end of the round, a grazing uppercut sent an off-balance Caputo-Smith to the floor for a second time just before the bell sounded to stop the action. After seeing their heavily damaged fighter stumble back to them, the corner of Caputo-Smith did the admirable thing and told referee Steve Smoger that they would not send their man out for the fourth round.
Dusty Hernandez-Harrison (23-0, 12 KOs) vs. Wilfredo Acuna (15-15, 12 KOs)
In a rather uneventful eight-round affair between these two welterweights, Harrison never showed much urgency to get rid of his opponent and settled for an eventual unanimous decision victory. His approach seemed to focus more on accumulating rounds onto his professional resume, working on a few components of his game rather than go after the stoppage. The undefeated prospect did have his moments throughout a bout that he never relinquished control, but a gritty Acuna never found himself in trouble and took it the distance. All three judges saw it a shutout for Harrison, who remained undefeated in 23 professional bouts with the win.
Julian Rodriguez (4-0, 3 KOs) vs. Yankton Southern (4-6, 4 KOs)
All it took was 43 seconds for promising young 140-pound prospect Rodriguez to get rid of his opposition to open the action in the main arena at Madison Square Garden. Before he even had the opportunity to break a sweat, Rodriguez threw a jab to the head of Southern before quickly dipping his left shoulder and unloading a devastating right uppercut to the liver that crumbled his opposition. Southern grimaced as he got to a knee but ultimately decided to remain down rather than beat the 10-count. With the quick stoppage, Rodriguez increased his perfect professional record to 4-0 with three knockouts.