Boxing results, highlights: Jaron Ennis knocks out Custio Clayton; Frank Gore scores vicious knockout on pro debut

While Jermell Charlo vs. Brian Castano is the big fight of the night in boxing, there is plenty of action happening across the country. And some of that action produced shocking finishes.

Rising welterweight superstar Jaron “Boots” Ennis returned to the ring later that night, taking on former Olympian Custio Clayton. Clayton was never able to land his attack, with Ennis’ jab dominating the action early in the fight. Then, in round two, Clayton attempted to duck under incoming fire from Ennis to get caught with a big right hand behind the ear.

Clayton hit the canvas and couldn’t regain his legs, even though he barely beat referee Ray Corona’s 10 count. Corona had no choice but to call off the fight and award Ennis the second round stoppage. Ennis is now 29-0 and one of the hottest prospects in the sport.

“I just try to hone my craft and get better every time. That’s what I’ve done. I’m just working on things and doing what I have to do. And that’s the knockout” , Ennis said after the fight. “I keep telling you every time, you know my catchphrase. We flew in and out. We don’t get paid overtime.

“He had a high guard, so I was trying to come back with the right hook. He ducked down and I just threw a knockdown. I thought he was going to get back up. He’s a durable, tough guy. Nobody ever stopped him. I thought he was going to get up but I saw that he fell down, so I was like, ‘It’s over.’”

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Frank Gore scores a nasty knockout on his pro debut

Former NFL running back Frank Gore made his professional boxing debut on Saturday, facing Yaya Olorunsola at Gamebred Boxing 1. Gore lost exposure to former NBA player Deron Williams in December, but is stayed with the sport to turn pro.

Gore connected with a vicious flurry of punches against Olorunsola, knocking him out cold and sending him crashing face-first into the canvas. Gore has the third-most yards in NFL history but can now add a pro boxing win to his already impressive resume of athletic accomplishments.

Evan Holyfield is upset by TKO

In what is sure to be the biggest upset of the night – in terms of sports betting odds, anyway – Evan Holyfield, son of legendary fighter Evander Holyfield, entered the ring as a -4500 favorite against journeyman no. announced Jurmain McDonald. Holyfield would finally taste defeat for the first time in his career when McDonald unloaded a wild right that caught Holyfield on the chin, knocking him to the canvas. Holyfield couldn’t beat the tally and is now 9-1 as a professional and his prospects as a future force in boxing are very uncertain.

The fighter sends his opponent out of the ring

In another action featuring an undefeated prospect, John “Scrappy” Ramirez found himself on the bright side when he connected with a right hand that knocked out Jan Salvatierra. Ramirez followed Salvatierra to the ropes and landed a second right hand that sent his foe spilling through the ropes and to the ground.

The result could have been much worse had a ringside photographer not caught Salvatierra’s head before it hit the ground.

Ramirez is now 10-0 with eight knockouts since turning pro in December 2020.

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