Nick Charles, best known for hosting "SHOBox: The New Generation", is hosting tonight's show alongside Tony Danza and Wally Matthews. Contrary to what I said last week, the finale's being held at the MGM Grand at Foxwoods in Ledyard, CT. Tonight's ring announcer is John Vena.
All three previous "Contender" champions are in the audience tonight, as is former host and boxer Sugar Ray Leonard!
This championship fight is 10 rounds long and is governed under the unified boxing rules (no standing eight count, no three knockdown rule, nobody can be saved by the bell at any time, only the referee can stop the fight and the accidental headbutt rule). Here's the tale of the tape:
Record: 20-1, 14 KO
Fighting out of: Toronto
Weight: 192 lbs.
Record: 15-3, 7 KO
Fighting out of: Queens, NY
The judges are Glenn Feldman, Tommy Kaczmarek and Clark Sammartino. The referee is Steve "Double S" Smoger.
(Troy's wearing the black trim with white, while Hino's fighting in the black with red trim.)
Round 1: I gave the first round to Ross.
Round 2: Thanks to a very good beginning this round, I gave this round to Hino, so my scorecard was tied up after two rounds.
Round 3: Since I felt he delivered more strong punches this round, I scored this round in Hino's favor, meaning he leads my card 29-28 after the third round.
Round 4: Early on, Ross traps Hino in the corner...AND TROY ROSS HAS DONE IT BY TKO WITHIN THE FIRST MINUTE OF THIS ROUND!!!! HE HAS WON THIS SEASON'S COMPETITION WITH THREE KNOCKOUT WINS IN FOUR FIGHTS!!! Unbelieveable! All season long, he certainly lived up to his nickname- "The Boss"!
(The ref was criticized by some for stopping the fight a little too soon.)
Other fight results:
THIRD PLACE FIGHT (eight rounds long): Rico Hoye defeats A.J. Laleye by unanimous decision (everyone scored it 79-72; Hoye was penalized a point about midway in the fight because of illegally holding one of Laleye's arms)
Felix Cora, Jr. def. Tim Flamos by TKO at 2:03 of Round 3
Alfredo Escalera, Jr. def. Erick Vega by TKO in Round 6
Ryan Coyne def. Richard Gingras by unanimous decision