Unbeaten Robert Easter Jr. (17-0, 14 KOs) showed why he’s a rising star with a devastating KO at the 2:43 mark of the fifth round over former world champion Algenis Mendez (23-4-1, 12 KOs) in a lightweight fight that finished with the crowd on its feet. Easter, who took a big step up in competition facing Mendez, showed the patience of a seasoned veteran in the early rounds against Mendez, who represented the Dominican Republic in the 2004 Olympics and now fights out of Brooklyn.
It didn’t take Easter long to get comfortable and pick up his pace in the third and fourth rounds with an array of body shots and uppercuts that found their mark against the game Mendez. Easter closed the show when he knocked down Mendez with a devastating one-punch knockout via a stiff right hand. Mendez got up from the knockdown but was unable to continue, forcing the referee to stop the contest.
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