Uprising Promotions Light Heavyweight Overwhelms Lavarn Harvell in Second Round TKO
Uprising Promotions light heavyweight Samuel “Main Event” Clarkson (17-3, 11 KOs) made another emphatic statement on ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday night, overwhelming the previously once-beaten Lavarn Harvell (15-2, 8 KOs) en route to dominant second round TKO.
“Going into the fight, I was really calm. I was really relaxed,” Clarkson said after scoring his fourth consecutive knockout. “I was really patient behind my jab. We’ve been working a lot more on my boxing skills, and I live behind the jab. My jab set up the perfect knockout punch. I was catching him right on the button.”
Harvell came out aggressively at the start of the first frame, and Clarkson used that to his advantage. He initially began going to the body, which quickly started setting up some powerful shots over the top. The momentum immediately began to sway in the direction of the Texan, and he soon capitalized in the final minute of the opening round.
Fighting on the inside, Clarkson ripped a short right hook that instantly had Harvell in trouble, sending him into the ropes and to the canvas. The New Jersey native got back to his feet to continue, but Clarkson immediately closed the gap when action resumed and delivered a powerful combination, finishing with another hard right hook that directed his opponent back to the deck.
Clarkson came roaring out of the gate to open the second frame. About 30 seconds into the round, he threw an uppercut that backed Harvell up, and he then charged towards him with a thunderous flurry. He eventually landed a crushing left hook that appeared to nearly have his opposition out on his feet, and he quickly followed up with a right hook, left hook combination that sent him back to the canvas for a third time. Harvell again showed his grit in trying to get back to his feet, but he was in no condition to continue. His corner had their fighter’s best interest in mind, throwing in the towel to prevent unnecessary damage.
The official time of the stoppage was 48 seconds into the second frame.
“Going into the second round, I noticed he couldn’t handle the power,” Clarkson stated. “He tried to up the pace a little bit, but I’m a fast fighter. I love that pace. That’s my playground.”
In his last appearance on ShoBox, Clarkson made a resounding statement when he stopped highly regarded prospect Jerry Odom in three rounds, and he has now won seven times in the past year. He has done more than stamp his print into the light heavyweight division during that run of success and now looks to have some very interesting propositions that are being presented to him.
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