Boxing: Knockdowns, knockouts in order on card at Venue in Hammond
Chicago native Russell Fiore gave a simple assessment of his second-round knockout of Tim Carrizales in their lightweight fight.
“Feint, feint, feint,” Fiore said, “then boom.”
After effectively changing levels and landing a knockdown in the first round, Fiore (12-2, 8 KOs) unloaded a big right hand and floored Carrizales (4-12, 3 KOs) at Hitz Boxing’s Friday Fight Night at the Venue at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond.
Carrizales made it to his feet, but the referee waved off the bout, giving Fiore the second win in four months over Carrizales, whom he previously had defeated by unanimous decision.
“This is a rematch I wanted,” Fiore said. “I knocked him down twice, but I was a little sloppy last time. This fight, I wanted to go to the body, go upstairs. I wanted to constantly make him think about what I was doing. Not the other way around. I knew he was biting on all the fakes.”
In heavyweight action, Waukegan native Nick Asberry (5-0, 3 KOs) passed the stiffest test of his career when he defeated James Shorter (4-3, 3 KOs) by knockout.
After two back-and-forth rounds, Asberry turned it on in the third round and started landing for vicious body shots. Asberry unloaded a crushing left hook in the fourth round to earn the knockdown. He kept the pressure high before the referee waved off the bout a few moments later.
“Accurate body shots started start taking energy out of him — and then the big left hand,” Asberry said. “My right hand is actually my big punch, but every time I tried to throw it he ducked to the left side. So I faked it and he ran right into it. Perfect timing.”
Frank Scalise (8-1, 8 KOs) earned his fifth straight knockout with a first-round destruction of Justin Gauthier (0-5). Scalise, of Bridgeport, recorded four knockdowns in the first round before the fight was called.
Adan Ortiz (7-0, 6 KOs) defeated Antione Knight (3-8, KO) via corner stoppage at 59 seconds of the fourth round. Ortiz battered Knight for the majority of three rounds, scoring a knockdown in the third. Ortiz opened the fourth with a left uppercut and right that landed flush, and it was only a matter of time before Knight’s corner stepped in.
Other winners included Simon Buettner (6-1, 3 KOs), who defeated William Chouloute (1-4, KO) by majority decision; and Will Coix (2-0, 2 KOs), who recorded five knockdowns of Thomas Amaro (2-6, 2 KOs) before the bout was called.