The famed Palladium in Hollywood, Calif., played host to the debut of Premier Boxing Champions’ Toe-To-Toe Tuesdays on Fox Sports 1 and in the main event, former junior middleweight world champion Austin Trout was nearly flawless.
Trout (30-2, 17 KOs) established his jab and dominance early against Joey Hernandez and controlled the shorter fighter for every minute of every round. Trout countered his foe with short right hooks throughout and every chance he got, “No Doubt” rifled thudding lefts to the body. The skill discrepancy was noticeable from the start and Hernandez eventually became frustrated.
After losing the first three rounds in a landslide, Hernandez scooped Trout up and body-slammed him down hard onto his back in the fifth. The foul immediately cost him a point, but the scoring didn’t matter in the end. Trout slowly wore his opponent down and by the time the sixth had rolled around, the typically smooth counter puncher was pressing the issue, gunning for the stoppage.
After rocking Hernandez with a left to the head late in the sixth, Trout dug a pair of wicked shots to Joey’s body, doubling him over. Trout finished him off with a sizzling left to the gut, which caused the Miami fighter to crumble onto his knees. Hernandez (24-4-1, 14 KOs) was counted out by referee Jack Reiss just as he finally stood back up, officially ending the mugging at the three-minute mark of the frame.
Featherweights Jorge Lara and Jesus Rojas might be locking horns again because they fought to a hotly-contested and ugly draw. The fight ended after six rounds when Lara, who was cut severely on his right eyelid (and above his left eye) and couldn’t continue before the seventh began. The cuts were caused by several unintentional clashes of the fighters’ heads and since the fight eclipsed four full rounds, it was sent to the scorecards.
All three ringside judges had 57-57, much to the chagrin of the fighters, their camps and the 3,500-plus in attendance. Lara, from Mexico, got in his Mexican counterpart’s face immediately following the battle and had to be separated. Lara (27-0-2, 19 KOs) complained profusely afterward and it seems natural for he and Rojas (22-1-2, 15 KOs) to prove who is the best in the near future.
In the televised swing bout, unbeaten light heavyweight prospect Ahmed Elbiali improved to 12 with his 11th knockout, flattening Fabiano Pena (11-3-1, 8 KOs) in just 75 seconds. A right cross to the chin ended the fight.
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