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  Charles Conwell Stays Undefeated With
Ninth-Round KO Of Wendy Toussaint

Photos: Amanda Westcott - SHOWTIME


Undefeated 23-year-old super welterweight prospect Charles Conwell continued the impressive start to his career by scoring a ninth-round KO over tough challenger Wendy Toussaint in a special Wednesday night edition of ShoBox: The New Generation, the first since March, from Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn.

Clevelandís Conwell (13-0, 10 KOs) methodically wore down the Haitian Toussaint (12-1, 5 KOs) before landing the fierce uppercut that broke Toussaintís nose and forced him to take a knee at which point, he was counted out at 2:42 of the ninth round. (Watch the KO HERE)

It was a grinding, workmanlike performance from Conwell, who landed 28 body shots among his 78 landed punches against the capable Toussaint, who works as a school bus driver and a volunteer fireman in Huntington, N.Y. Conwell was out-landing Toussaint 59-39 in power punches and was ahead on all three judgesí scorecards at the time of the knockout. Toussaint became the 193rd fighter on ShoBox series to lose his undefeated record.

ďI think this was a good fight for my first fight back, getting the ring rust off, but at the end of the day we got the job done,Ē said Conwell, a 2016 U.S. Olympian. ďThe game plan going in was to break him down round by round, go to the body until we got him to where we wanted him. I give my performance a C-plus, there were a lot of things I could have done better. Iím going to get back in the gym and continue to work hard to become the champion I know I can be. Iíll fight anybody next, but I really want an ex-world champion or ex-title challenger so I can get the championship rounds under my belt. Then itís on to a world title.Ē

In the co-featured bout between two all-action fighters who promised a brawl, it was the undefeated 21-year-old Janelson Figueroa Bocachica (16-0, 11 KOs) who came out on top against Puerto Rico native Nicklaus Flaz (9-2, 7 KOs).

Bocachica unleashed a power-punching assault on Flaz, as all 26 of his landed punches were power shots, including a clean left hook that knocked Flaz down for the first time in his career. From there, Flaz was wobbled and never able to recover as Bocachica sent him to the canvas for a second time and continued the barrage of punches that ultimately forced referee Johnny Callas to stop the fight at 2:43 of round one.

ďI came in and they said he wanted to brawl, and as soon as he did, the fight was over,Ē said Bocachica, a Detroit native, who like Flaz is of Puerto Rican descent. ďThe game plan was to showcase my boxing. I didnít get to do that but Iím happy either way. Iím not shy calling out guys, but Iím trying to be respectful to the best in my division. Iím here, so bring them on. One-hundred forty-seven [pounds] is mine. It was easier than I thought, Iím not going to lie. But I didnít think it was going to be hard.Ē

In the telecast opener, highly regarded 140-pound prospect Brandun Lee (20-0, 18 KOs) proved that he is ready for an even greater challenge, blitzing Jimmy Williams (16-4-2, 5 KOs) with three vicious knockdowns in the first round en route to a stoppage victory. The La Quinta, Calif., resident has KOíd all but two of his professional opponents, and now owns 12 first-round knockouts.

The hard-punching Lee, who was the last fighter to appear on ShoBox prior to the shutdown in March, wasted very little time in dispensing Williams, a former college football standout who was fighting for the first time in 2020. Lee forced two knockdowns prior to the final blow, a picture-perfect right hand that connected flush on Williamsí chin and sent him sprawling through the ropes. The stoppage came at 1:34 of the first round.

ďIím blessed with the natural power and thatís what the fans saw from me tonight Ė Iím here to entertain the fans and seek and destroy,Ē said the 21-year-old Lee. ďThe game plan was to go in there and do what I do best, which is to destruct anything that is in my way. When I fought last fall on SHOWTIME for the first time in Texas I felt like we rushed it too much. And back in March on SHOWTIME I felt like we waited too long. So I think this fight was perfect. We hit it right on the money, not too fast and not too slow.Ē


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