Heavyweight Tua Hands Wilson First Loss, Cubans Sweep
MIAMI (AP) _ David Tua knocked out previously unbeaten Darroll Wilson at the end of the first round Friday night in a heavyweight bout on the undercard of the Pernell Whitaker-Wilfredo Rivera WBC welterweight title fight.
Tua landed a left hook just before the bell ending the first round, then jumped into the air in celebration as referee Bob Connors stopped the scheduled 12-round bout for the second-tier WBC International heavyweight title. Tua is ranked eighth by the U.S. Boxing Association, an organization a cut below the recognized major sanctioning bodies.
The 226-pound Samoan improved to 25-0 with 21 knockouts. Wilson, 212, is 17-1-2.
Also on the undercard, Cuban defectors Ramon Garbey and Joel Casamayor made impressive professional debuts, scoring knockouts in scheduled four-round bouts.
Garbey, 183, stopped Kerry Parks, 177, of Fort Myers, Fla., at 1:03 of the second round. Casamayor, 133, worked even more quickly, stopping David Chamendiz, 129 1/2, of Miami in 1:34 of the opening round.
``I was patient and calm and never felt nervous,″ Casamayor said. ``I wasn’t expecting a quick knockout, but it just came.″
Diobelis Hurtado, 144, made it a sweep for Cuba, improving to 18-0 with a unanimous eight-round decision over Ed Pollard, 144, of Miami.