Grano KO's Turlington In 1

24.03.07 - Heavyweight prospect Tony Grano (8-0-1, 7 KO's) scored a first round knockout victory over John Turlington (5-11-1, 4 KO's) on Friday night at Foxwoods Resort and Casino in Ledyard, CT. Grano, the 2005 United States Amateur Heavyweight Champ, pounced on the journeyman Turlington from the moment the bell sounded to begin the bout.

After a few busy exchanges between the two, Grano dropped his veteran opponent with a right hand right to the chin. "I felt it the second I landed it on him," Grano stated. " He took some big shots. He's been in with some good fighters, and he wasn't going to back down, but that right landed on the button."

Turlington, though on wobbly legs, managed to rise back to his feet, but an immediate heavy-handed Grano flurry, would result in referee Charles Dwyer stepping in front of Grano and waiving off the fight. The stoppage came at 2:25 of the first stanza.
Due to the early stoppage in the ESPN2 main event and co-feature bout, the Grano - Turlington bout, albeit a brief one, was aired live on ESPN2's Friday Night Fights. It was Grano's first national exposure, since turning pro in November 2005.

Article posted on 24.03.2007

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