Heather Hardy, the busier boxer, with stamina galore, downed Edina Kiss in the opener a Barclays Center Saturday night, underneath the Danny Garcia v Keith Thurman welterweight main event.
Heather (124.6), repping Brooklyn, came in with an 18-0 mark, while the Hungarian Kiss (124.2) was 13-2.
Hardy was in dominant form, busy, ever busy, mixing a persistent jab with combos, and head movement and strong stamina. Kiss stayed competing, but wasn’t able to decipher the code to keep Hardy off of her. After eight rounds, the judges’ tallies read: 88-72, 88-72, 79-73. I saw Hardy winning every round.
After, she wasn't as happy as one would expect. The card was long, nine bouts, and she opened it. Some of her fans missed a few rounds of the bout.
In round one, Hardy pressed forward, flinging. She worked low and high and was the busier boxer.
In the second, left hooks and body work took it for Hardy. Kiss looked to clinch a couple times and her body language suggested she was not liking Hardy’s accuracy.
In the third, Kiss backed up, but tried to be busier with the jab as she did so, so she wouldn’t get stalked as badly. Hardy piled up combos, used uppercuts, took the third straight round.
In the fourth, more underneath body work from HH. She stepped up the activity, was the relentless stalker and won another round.
In the fifth, Kiss landed a lead right early. The body attack was simply vicious from the Brooklyner. Kiss was there, still competing, but not winning single minute of a round, let alone a full round.
In the sixth, Hardy the assaulter kept on chugging. Kiss looked fatigued, a left hook missed looked soooo sloooow. Kiss fell to the mat midway through, testifying to tiredness. To 7; the combos were more plentiful from Hardy. She slipped and ripped, ducking left, and then firing a right.
In the eighth and final round, we saw trading. Hardy’s jab still had some crispness. They closed the show still active, and hugged. To the cards we went.
In a light heavy clash, Andrzej Fonfara gave a plug to pilates, as he stopped ex champ Chad Dawson in round ten, via TKO. The action was tight early and then the Pole roared back. He dropped Dawson, out of CT, in the ninth. He then finished him off in the tenth, in a scheduled ten.
Fonfara was dropped and stopped by Long Islander Joe Smith last June. He regrouped, took up pilates, and voila, he is back on track.
Quotes from the winner: “I heard the scores were not in my favor. Right now I can't say whether or not I agree with them. I thought I was winning the fight, but I'd have to go back and watch closer.
Sergey Lipinets stopped Clarence Booth, in round 7 at 1:30, via TKO. He was being workmanlike, piling up points and then trapped Booth in a corner. Bang bang bang, combos landed. The ref stepped in. Sergey is now 12-0, and No. 1 rated at 140 by the IBF.
Stat details from CompuBox:
Richardson Hitchins showed he has pop, and poor Mario Perez can testify. Two knockdowns in round one and at the second, the ref said no mas.