As Imam began to take control it seemed as if he would take over the fight but in the third Robinson once again charged forward and caught Imam with some of his own blows. Carrying a bloody nose from Robinson’s attack, Imam had to keep his cool and use his legs effectively both on offense and defense. In the fourth round Imam caught Robinson with a straight right that followed a jab and caught Robinson on the top of his head knocking him down through the ropes and out of the ring. Surprisingly Robsinson rose and made his way back to the ring, but the referee ruled he wasn’t fit to continue and waved the bout off.
Imam remained undefeated at 13-0 (12 KOs) while Robinson suffered his first loss at 14-1 (7KOs).
On the undercard Ray “The Rainman” Austin came back from a two-and-a-half year layoff completely out of shape, but still with enough remaining defeat Earl “Chocolate Drop” Ladson in front of a hometown crowd. The fight didn’t offer much in the way of action but Ladson did earn the biggest jeer from the crowd all night by entering the ring in a Pittsburgh Steelers jersey, drawing ire from the rival Cleveland crowd. Austin had the better moments over the six rounds of heavyweight action, but they were few and far between. The judges awarded him with the unanimous decision 60-54 on all three cards. Austin is now 29-6-4 (18 KOs) while Ladson is 15-23-1 (7 KOs).
In additional undercard action, middleweights Juan Ubaldo and Lester Gonzalez fought a largely inactive six rounds. The southpaw Gonzalez was scrappy, but Ubaldo landed the more solid blows picking up the unanimous decision 59-55 twice and 58-56 once. Ubaldo is now 21-0 (14 KOs) while Gonzalez is 12-11-4 (6 KOs).
The same could be said for light heavyweights Marcus Oliveira and Joell Godfrey. Godfrey didn’t do much, and Oliveira did less. Despite having the much better record, Oliveira did not look like a fighter with more than 20 wins under his belt. Godfrey won 59-55 twice and 58-56 once. Godfrey is 17-11-1 while Oliveira is 23-2-1.
Jabir Basit brought the crowd to their feet early on when he twice knocked Eric Cason down in the second round of their four round heavyweight attraction. The hometown fighter first put Cason down with a hook to the body and then later in the round smashed him with an overhand right to put him down again. If not for the bell ending the round Cason may not have made it out. Basit received the nod 40-34 on all scorecards and improved to 5-0-2 (4 KOs) while Cason fell to 2-1 (2 KOs).
In the opener heavyweight Trevor Bryan disposed of Jason Barrett rather easily knocking him out midway through the first. Bryan took Barrett out with one punch and remained undefeated at 10-0 while Barrett is now 14-16.
The seven fight card was presented by Don King Productions with Lundy vs. Santana and Imam vs. Robinson televised live on ShoBox: The New Generation.
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February 22, 2014