Youth and power prevailed over age and experience when hard-punching heavyweight up-and-comer Bermane Stiverne stopped Ray Austin in the 10th round of a scheduled 12-round bout that kicked off an HBO Boxing After Dark triple header from St. Charles, Mo., on Saturday.
Stiverne (21-1-1, 20 knockouts) was out-worked and out-jabbed by Austin through nine rounds, although he rocked the 41-year-old veteran with a hook at the end of the second and a right in the seventh. However, the 31-year-old Haiti native continued to stalk Austin (28-6-4, 18 KOs) until he downed the 6-foot-6 giant with a right hand to the temple 30 seconds into the 10th round. Austin got up, game to continue, but on wobbly legs. the fight was stopped 43 seconds into the round.
Austin led on two scorecards at the time of the stoppage. The third card was even.