Rising super-featherweight contender O’Shaquie Foster scored his most notable win to date with a ninth-round stoppage of former world title challenger Mickey Roman at the Wild Card Boxing Club in Hollywood, California, on Thursday night.
Houston hotshot Foster 18-2 (11 KOs) scored a knockdown with a right hand in the opener before dropping his Mexican foe with a left hook in the ninth and then overwhelming Roman (62-14, 47 KOs) with a barrage of blows, prompting referee Jack Reiss to step in.
The main event had been laced with controversy after Foster’s trainer Bobby Benton discovered a disturbing lack of padding in both of Roman’s sets of gloves the day before the fight. The California State Athletic Commission confiscated both sets of gloves and issued Roman with a new pair.
In other action, world-rated Mexican Eduardo ‘Rocky’ Hernandez (30-1, 27 KOs) scored a third-round body shot KO of Texan Eduardo Garza (15-3-1, 8 KOs) in a 130lbs encounter. Garza was cut around both eyes in the opener before Hernandez closed the show with a left hook to the solar plexus in the third.
In an all-Mexican battle, lightweight puncher William Zepeda (22-0, 20 KOs) hammered Roberto Ramirez (23-3-1, 16 KOs) before forcing referee Ray Corona’s intervention in the fifth. It was an impressive US debut for southpaw Zepeda in the opening bout of NBC’s ‘Ring City’ series.
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