Ex-middleweight king Jermain Taylor made it four from four since returning from a two-year absence in late 2011 after proving too hot to handle for Colombian Juan Carlos Candelo in Texas.
The veteran proved he still has some of the old ‘Bad Intentions’ at 35, although has much to prove against a higher calibre of opponent after ending the fight in the dying seconds of the seventh round at the Alamodome.
Also on the bill, Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez’s brother Ricardo made a successful debut under the Golden Boy Promotions banner with a ten-round majority decision over Rod Salka.
Campaigning at light-welterweight, the fringe WBC title holder is eyeing sustained success with Richard Schaefer, as his brother has before him, and will be relieved to have been handed the win by two judges in a close fight.
Earlier in the night, Rau’shee Warren (now 9-0) remained unbeaten following a shut-out eight-round victory over Jose ‘Cacho’ Silveira, with none of the judges able to give his Mexican opponent a round, and rightly so.
Hard-hitting lightweight Robert Easter maintained his 100% knockout record by overpowering Hardy Paredes in the opening session. The 22 year-old Cincinnati fighter’s record now stands at 8-0, whilst Jamel Herring is now 6-0 after knocking out Lance Williams in two rounds.
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