Trout, Tarver victorious in Temecula
- Updated: December 11, 2014
The Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California served host to a sold out crowd for a Thursday night special edition ESPN card in which Austin Trout, bested Luis Grajeda, notching a knockdown in round five and a TKO victory after seven rounds of action.
Trout, (28-2, 15KO), took a while to warm up and perhaps gave a little bit too much respect to his opponent, but it was hard to blame him as Grajeda sported 13 KO’s of his 17 total wins.
In a heavyweight attraction, Antonio Tarver, (31-6, 22KO) outworked and eventually stopped Jonathan Banks with a left hand that shook Banks in round two and eventually was the fight ender as Banks waited and Tarver worked.
The 7th round was the undoing for Banks, who was rocked, knocked down and and stopped after referee Jack Reiss saw enough.
Tarver made a statement as still being a threat in the biggest division in boxing, and won himself another meaningful scrap come 2015.
In the TV opener, former Olympian Terrell Gausha, (18-2, 8KO) and Brooklyn’s Cesar Villa put on a great contest with toe to toe trading in a bout that ended up a Gausha KO win in the final round.
The capacity crowd of over 2,000 was treated to what was the fight of the night when Gausha stepped in against Villa.
Compton, California’s Rico Ramos put in solid work against opponent Juan Ruiz.
The former titleholder notched his record to 24-4 with 12KO by the lopsided scores of 79-73 across all three judges’ cards.
Olympian Marcus Browne knocked out late sub George Blades in the opening round to move to 13-0 with 10 KO in an off-TV fight.