Mikkel Lespierre improved to 10-0 as a professional (Photo by Ed Tiller, DiBella Entertainment).
Brooklyn native Mikkel Lespierre (10-0, 4 KOs) picked up his tenth professional win on Friday night, defeating gritty Kevin Womack, Jr. (7-7-3, 5 KOs) at Prudential Center on the PBC on Spike undercard of Antonio Tarver vs. Steve Cunningham.
Fighting in his fifth bout in just seven months (all wins), Lespierre took on the task of 6-foot-2 Womack on just five days notice, but he looked as if he had planned for a much taller opponent during his entire camp. Lespierre controlled the action and show good ring generalship while setting everything up behind the jab. When he found his openings, he took advantage, snapping back the neck of Womack on a number of occasions.
Overall, it was a very good performance for the quickly rising junior welterweight, who hopes to return to the ring on October. When the six stanzas were in the books, Lespierre claimed the unanimous decision victory with scores of 60-54 and 59-55 (twice).
In the second fight of the evening, part-time MMA fighter Jeff Lentz (5-1, 1 KO) suffered his first loss as a professional boxer. He was facing a significantly more experienced Jarret Hurd (16-0, 10 KOs), who battered him at an overwhelming rate for six rounds before earning the eventual TKO stoppage at 2:59 of the seventh frame. Lentz next returns to action this October back in the MMA cage, defending his CFFC Featherweight Title in Atlantic City.
In a scheduled eight-round super bantamweight encounter, Luis Rosa (21-0, 10 KOs) controlled the pace of a bout with veteran Giovanni Caro (24-17-4, 17 KOs), providing good volume to the body and head of his Mexican counterpart in rather overwhelming fashion. This fight was eventually forced to cards early due to an accidental head-butt in the sixth stanza, with Rosa cruising to a technical decision via tallies of 60-53, 59-55 and 58-56.
Kamil Laszczyk (21-0, 8 KOs) won convincingly over Oscauris Frias (16-1, 6 KOs) in super featherweight action, controlling the pace and action throughout an eight-frame scrap. Up early on the scorecards, he received another boost when Frias was deducted a point for punching after the bell following the third stanza, but the extra point would be irrelevant. In the fourth round, the lone knockdown of the bout occurred, with Laszczyk tossing a throwaway jab that perfectly set up a ferocious right cross that sat Frias down and had him in trouble. However, the Dominican fighter was able to regroup and make it to the bell.
The same pace and results continued to happen over the second half of this contest, and Laszczyk eventually emerged victorious with landslide tallies of 80-70 on all three cards.
Following the TV portion of the card, which included a cruiserweight world title fight between Marco Huck and Krzysztof Glowacki as well as a heavyweight attraction between Antonio Tarver and Steve Cunningham, the action returned to the undercard portion of the bill and saw three quick knockouts.
Artur Szpilka (20-1, 15 KOs) and Yasmany Consuegra (17-2, 14 KOs) were up first in a heavyweight fight, with Szpilka battering Consuegra over two frames before earning a TKO stoppage when Consuegra chose not to answer the bell for the third round. There was a single knockdown in the bout that occurred in the second stanza, where Szpilka hit Consuegra with a right hook that appeared to be behind the head just before the bell, but referee Harvey Dock did not see it that way from his vantage point.
Consuegra did slip earlier in the second round and get up gingerly on his right ankle, but it is unknown if that is the injury that forced the stoppage.
In super middleweight action, Maciej Sulecki (21-0, 6 KOs) made light work of Jose Rodriguez (21-9, 13 KOs). With about a minute remaining in the opening frame, Sulecki dealt Rodriguez a four-punch combination that saw him fall face first after being unable to clinch Sulecki on his way down. Rodriguez got back to his feet, but referee Harvey Dock could easily see in his eyes that he had no desire to continue. The official time of the stoppage came at 2:07 of the first round.
In the final bout of the evening, heavyweight Travis Kauffman (29-1, 21 KOs) ended a 19-month layoff by quickly disposing of Richard Carmack (13-7, 11 KOs). Kauffman wasted no time in walking Carmack into the corner, pounding on him until closing the show with a right hook that spun him to the canvas. Carmack was unable to beat the ensuing 10-count, giving Kauffman the knockout victory at 2:30 of the opening stanza.