Luis drops first
Jr. welterweight Jose Hernandez (14-6-1, 6 KOs) of Fort Worth, Texas upset previously unbeaten Canadian Tony Luis (15-1, 7 KOs) with an eighth round TKO. Hernandez dropped Luis in round eight and finished him with his follow-up barrage. Time was 2:47. You could count on one hand the jabs thrown by either fighter as they stood toe-to-toe throwing power punches. Both fighters took turns shaking up the other but the consistent counter left hooks by Hernandez was doing the most damage. Hernandez took the fight on one week notice without any hesitation, “When they made the call and it was on TV we took it, the opportunity was there,” said trainer Richard Best.
Fighting inside and not using his jab was the plan from the beginning for Hernandez, “My plan was to come in here and destroy the guy, get him going backwards, I had to take him out because if it went ten rounds they would have stole it from me,” said Hernandez. The defeat left Luis stunned as he had recently signed with Greg Cohen Promotions and was making his American debut. “He was a tough tough fighter, he took a good shot and he countered everything whether he got jarred or not,” said Luis. The scores were split separated by one point on each scorecard showing how competitive the bout was.