Philadelphia-born super middleweight prospect Jesse Hart scored two knockdowns on his way to scoring at knockout at the 1:33 mark against Florida’s Marlon Farr at Radio City Music Hall on Saturday night.
Hart floored Farr with a right hand after which the eventual loser scarcely rose at referee Arthur Mercante Jr.’s count of eight. Once on his feet, however, Farr was nailed with a barrage of blows, the last, another right hand that knocked him through the ropes as Mercante stepped in to protect him.
A 6-foot-2, 23-year-old, Hart rose to 7-0 with five knockouts, while Farr slipped to 2-3. Farr initially weighed at 171 pounds, but was given an hour to lose what amounted to eight ounces to make the contracted 170-pound limit.
Hart is trained by his father, Eugene “Cyclone” Hart, a premier middleweight out of Philadelphia through the 1970s.
Also on the undercard, junior middleweight prospect Glen Tapia (18-0, 10 KOs), of Passaic, N.J., out-slugged Puerto Rican opponent Joseph de los Santos (13-12-3, 6 KOs) for an eight-round unanimous decision. Tapia was coming off a second-round stoppage of Ayi Bruce at Madison Square Garden in January.
In the night’s first bout, Detroit lightweight Erik DeLeon (3-0, 1 KO) won a four-round unanimou decision over Diamond Baier (2-5-1, 0 KOs), of Phoenix, AZ.
Next up was Canadian welterweight prosepct Mikael Zewski (19-0, 15 KOs) dropping New York’s Daniel Sostre (11-9-1, 4 KOs) twice in the second and final round, where referee Arthur Mercante reached the 10-count at 49 seconds for the knockout.
In the third bout, junior middleweight Tyler Caning (2-1, 0 KOs) of Lander, Wy., pulled a mild upset over Dario Soccia (2-1, 0 KOs) by four-round split-decision.
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