Jose Pedraza Remains Undefeated
With Eighth Round TKO Of Tevin Farmer;
Russ Stops Cepeda In 1; Taylor
Stops Munos In 2
Photos: Tom Casino - SHOWTIME
Jose Pedraza (11-0, 7 KOs), of San Juan, Puerto Rico,
dominated late replacement Tevin Farmer (7-4-1, 1 KO),
of Philadelphia, Penn., en route to an eighth round TKO
in the main event Friday on ShoBox: The New Generation
live on SHOWTIME®.
Pedraza, who many regard as the best prospect to come
out of Puerto Rico since Miguel Cotto, began the night
cautiously, using the first round to feel out his
opponent and get comfortable in the ring. However, by
the middle of the second round Jose found his rhythm and
took control of the fight. In the third round, Pedraza
enforced his will with an onslaught of punches lasting
for most of the last minute of the round. Farmer, never
quite recovering, was still a game opponent and
continued to show his heart through Pedraza’s
In the eighth round and
final round, Farmer threw a punch that seemed to connect
with Pedraza’s elbow clearly injuring his left hand.
With 0:47 gone in the round, referee Celestino Ruiz
stopped the fight after Pedraza sent a flurry of body
shots to finish off Farmer.
“After the second round it was all Pedraza,” said
SHOWTIME announcer Raul Marquez after the fight.
“There’s only so much punishment a fighter can take.”
In the co-feature at
Ameristar Casino, Lamar Russ (11-0, 7 KOs), of
Wilmington, N.C., registered an impressive first round
knockout over previously undefeated Jonathan Cepeda
(12-1, 11 KOs), of Jersey City, N.J.
The quick fight ended at
1:45 when Cepeda was unable to recover from a
devastating blow and properly respond to referee Mike
England’s request to look at and walk to him.
Earlier in the night,
former undisputed middleweight champion Jermain “Bad
Intentions” Taylor (31-4-1, 19 KOs) impressed the crowd
with a dominating second round knockout of Raul Munoz
(21-16-1, 16 KOs).
The 10-round bout was
stopped at the 1:05 mark in the second round after a
powerful straight-right punch sent Munoz falling to the
canvas. Referee Mike England called the fight with Munoz
on his back.
Barry Tompkins called the action from ringside alongside
Steve Farhood, Marquez and Joe Cortez. The executive
producer of ShoBox is Gordon Hall with Richard Gaughan
producing and Rick Phillips directing.
The evening of fights will re-air Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 10
p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME and will be available on
SHOWTIME ON DEMAND beginning Saturday, Oct. 13.