NEW YORK CITY (February 22, 2009) Tampa based heavyweight prospect Lenroy “TNT” Thomas improved to 11-1-0 (7KO’s), with a four round unanimous decision win over Terrell Nelson on Saturday night at New York City’s Madison Square Garden. Fighting on the off-TV portion of the Top Rank produced “Two World Title Fights—One Night” card, the brick house built southpaw Thomas, dominated Nelson, now 9-8-0 (6KO’s), from the opening bell with his piston like jab and strong overhand left crosses. Scores at the end of the bout were 40-36, 40-35 and 39-37, all in favor of the 23 year old Jamaican born Thomas..
Said Chet Koerner, President of TKO BOXING Promotions, ‘This was a nice solid win for Lenroy, his hard work in the gym with Dan Birmingham is paying off. He was in great shape and really took the fight to Nelson.”
“We’d like to get a step up fight for him in the next two months, either something on ESPN or Shobox. The American heavyweight landscape is a little barren right now and we think that Lenroy came really make some noise in 2009.”
Formed in early 2008, Chet Koerner’s Las Vegas based TKO BOXING Promotions stable includes; heavyweight Lenroy Thomas, super middleweight Joey Gilbert, middleweights Elvin Ayala, Albert Onolunose and James Countryman, junior middleweights Bastie Samir and Anthony Thompson, welterweight Juan Buendia and Raul Tovar, junior welterweights Jonathan Gover, Francisco Contreras and Hastings Bwayla, lightweights Rolando Reyes and Terrance Crawford, featherweights Matt Remillard, Carney Bowman, Delvin Placencia, Rafael Lora and Maxwell Awaku, super bantamweights Rafael Valenzuela and Carlos Reyes.
Gamboa stops Estrada after only 35 seconds
Yuriorkis Gamboa did it again. ARENA’s fast rising featherweight superstar scored his next impressive k.o. win stopping veteran Walter Estrada in only 35 seconds. “El Ciclon” lived up to his name simply blowing away his opponent with one of his overwhelming combinations. Gamboa went to the body with his left and followed up with a stunning right to the head that put Estrada straight to the campus.
It was Gamboa’s 14th win in as many pro-fights and his 12th stoppage. “El Ciclon” is lined up to fight for his first world championship next. “We will do his first title fight in April”, states promoter Ahmet Öner. “Yuri once more proved that he is ready to go for gold. He is probably the fastest fighter in the world today. He got power and the absolute will to become world champion. I don’t see anybody who could stop him on his way.”
In the main event of ARENA’s ESPN “Friday Night Fights” show in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, Breidis Prescott scored a 10th round disqualification win over Humberto Toledo. Prescott dominated his opponent over the full distance. The fight was stopped after 1:58 minute of the final round after Toledo bit Prescott in the shoulder.
On the undercard impressive Cuban junior middleweight contender Erislandy Lara scored his second 1st round stoppage in a row against previously unbeaten Keith Gross. Lara sent his opponent to the canvas with a stunning left only 35 seconds into the fight. After the second knockdown an 1:09 minute the referee stopped the uneven matchup.