Junior middleweight Yuri Foreman earned his ninth career knockout by stopping Javier Gomez at 1:56 in the first round tonight at the Seminole Hard Rock and Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
Before the fight, Foreman told The Jewish Boxing Blog that he wasn't looking for the knockout in this fight, "Why would I put extra pressure on myself? As my coach says, 'If it comes, it comes.'" Tonight, it came.
Foreman (153.75 lbs.), the consummate boxer, jumped on Gomez (156 lbs.) from the outset. He landed a hard left hook to the head that dazed Gomez. Another left hook sent Gomez down to the canvas on his back. Gomez, who had no idea what hit him, was badly dazed, and was counted out in the first round.
This was Foreman's first KO since 2006 when he stopped Jimmy LeBlanc in the first round. Gomez (14-12, 10 KOs) has now been stopped in nine of his losses. Foreman advances his record to 32-2 with 9 KOs.