In the first bout of the night Terron Grant from White Plains, MD (5-0, 3 KOs) took on Abraham Esquivel hailing from Monterey, Mexico (5-3, 3 KOs) in a 4 round lightweight match-up. Grant starting very aggressive in the first round, applying calculated pressure going to the body and then upstairs to the head. The first knock down came from a right hook to body. The second knock down would come due to a barrage of punches ending with another right hook, this time to the head, sending Esquivel to the canvas. The third and final knock down of the night came again by excessive pressure and effective aggressiveness on the part of Grant. He sent his man down with a combination of punches to both the body and head, finishing combination with two rights to head to end the bout at 2:14 of the first round. “I think I did a great job. I thought about everything I was doing trying to keep my composure. It only took one round. I think I did a great job. Soon as I cracked down to the body, I knew it was time to take him out. A lot was going through my mind but I wanted to keep my composure which is hard because you have the crowd. You look over to the side and see your family. I wanted to have control throughout the whole fight,” Grant said.
Zachary Ochoa (3-0, 3 KOs) went up against Michael Salcido (1-4, 0 KOs). In this welterweight 4 round fight Ochoa came out and the first punch that was thrown was the one to end up being the beginning of the end for Salcido, as he went down and was never really able to recover. Ochoa would go on to score two more knockdowns, ultimately causing the referee to stop the fight after a final over hand right sent Salcido down to the canvas where he stayed for good. Ochoa is one to watch and is an exciting fighter. “I felt good. I felt calm. I landed the right punches. I don’t like to waste punches. I went out there and did I what I had to do and took care of my business early. I felt I had to push some more body shots and then come back up to the head and I got him out of there,” Ochoa explained.
Julian Williams (10-0-1, 5 KOs) from Philadelphia, PA met Jonuel Tapia (8-3-1, 5 KO’s) from Bronx, NY in an 8 rounder. Williams came out aggressive and took control of the pace and the fight by working behind his jab every round like a season veteran. Every round was pretty much all Williams until he dispatched his man in the 7th round which seemed to be a questionably early stoppage yet a inevitable one.
Demetrius Hopkins (31-2-1,11 KO’s) faced Joshua Snyder (9-7, 2 KOs) in a middleweight 8 round contest and did what he was supposed to do in tonight’s fight, as he controlled the rounds working behind the jab but in the 5th round he landed a straight right which caused Snyder’s knee to touch the canvas. Synder never seemed to be really hurt, but yet very vulnerable. He wasn’t able to make it out of the round, as Hopkins finished his man at 1:26 of the fifth and final round for Synder.