Teon Kennedy sent Jorge Diaz to the canvas twice and won a unanimous decision in an otherwise-difficult fight on the undercard of the Yuriorkis Gamboa-Jorge Solis undercard on Saturday at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, N.J.
Kennedy (17-0-1, 7 knockouts), a Philadelphia-based junior featherweight, won by scores of 115-111, 118-109 and 117-109.
Kennedy decked Diaz (15-1, 9 KOs) with a short left hook in the third round, then sent the New Brunswick, Conn., fighter down again late in the sixth round with an overhand right, when referee Steve Smoger appeared to be close to stopping the fight.
Also on the Gamboa-Solis undercard, Baltimore Ravens safety Tommy Zbikowski won a tough and bloody brawl over Caleb Grummet, remaining unbeaten with a four-round unanimous decision.
Zbikowski (3-0, 2 KOs) prevailed with scores of 39-36 twice, and 38-37 — a decision that was booed by the crowd – but barely had enough stamina to hold off Grummet's late charges, and vomited while walking to his dressing room after the fight. Grummet (0-1-1) was penalized a point in the third round for a low blow.
Despite being outweighed 215 pounds to 195, Zbikowski started well, dominating the first two rounds with body shots and sharp combinations, leaving Grummet, normally a mixed martial artist, with a bloody nose and swollen left eye. But Grummet's size advantage and aggressiveness took a toll as the fight progressed.
"This was a learning experience for me," Zbikowski said. "I knew it was going to be a tough fight, and that's what I needed."
Dennis Taylor is editor/publisher of www.ringsideboxingshow.com and co-host of The Ringside Boxing Show.