Las Vegas — The featured bout on ESPN’s Friday Night Fights showcased a young fighter getting his first test at a gatekeeper in a talent rich Junior Middleweight division. Detroit’s Tony Harrison took on the usually boisterous Antwone Smith in a 10 round contest.
Harrison hailing from the famed Kronk Gym quickly made it know that he intended to use his length at 6’1 to keep the outgunned Smith outside. Harrison landed punches at will. With seconds left in the first Harrison knocked Smith down with a damaging right hand. Soon after the bell in the second Harrison landed another huge right knocking Smith down and out of the fight. Harrison captured his 21 first victory via 2nd round TKO.
In the opening fight, Caleb Plant made quick work of a clearly overmatched Daniel Henry. Late in the first Henry turned his back after a series of punches. Soon after Planet jumped in to finish the job in the first. Middleweight Plant improves to 6-0 (5).
Junior Middleweight Erickson Lubin knocked Kenneth Council down twice on his way to a first-round stoppage.
The Co-Feature of the night Middleweights Ievgen Khytrov (9-0) and Jorge Melendez (28-5-1) fought in a scheduled 10 round fight. Despite losing the first few round Melendez remained competitive. Towards the mid-rounds Khytrov began taking over. After several moments in which Khyytov had Melendez hurt it was not until a body shot in the 8th that the fight was called off.