O'Brien (left) scored a second straight knockout on Saturday night.
Young Welterweight Scores 4th Round TKO over Newark Native
The opening bout of the night at Prudential Center on Saturday featured young welterweight prospect Vinny O’Brien (2-0, 2 KOs), who picked up his second career win after dominating a game Shakir Aquel Dunn (0-1) in his professional debut. An aggressive scrapper, O’Brien chopped down Dunn through three rounds before scoring a TKO win via a fourth round stoppage by the referee in charge.
Both fighters were clearly well conditioned for this affair, but it was O’Brien who proved to be the more groomed competitor. Behind massive support from the Prudential Center crowd, the New Jersey native looked to establish his jab early, focusing on breaking down his opponent with some speedy combinations. Dunn was no slouch in the ring, but O’Brien appeared to be warming up in the latter portion of the opening three minutes.
After a nice exchange early in the second frame, O’Brien started to land with power and rocked Dunn with a solid left hand at the 1:45 mark. After clearly hurting his opposition, he began to chase Dunn down while looking to finish off his night. Dunn was able to do enough to survive the round, but O’Brien immediately followed up in the third frame with the same aggressive demeanor. A very well spoken person outside of the ring, the East Hanover resident was proving to be an exciting and disciplined brawler inside of it.
At the midway point of the fourth and final frame, O’Brien blasted Dunn with a huge left hook that had him hanging by a thread. Seeing his opponent was in trouble, the 24-year-old quickly attacked and had Dunn staggered. With the Newark boxer unable to protect himself, the referee in charge was finally forced to step in and waved off the fight.
The official time of the TKO stoppage was at 2:51 of the fourth round.
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