Unless you’re a 20-something-year-old that pays the extra 15 bucks a month for a Showtime subscription (that's when you know you’ve made it in life), chances are, you weren’t watching ShoBox: The New Generation on Friday night.
Lightweight fighters Mason Menard and Eudy Bernardo faced off in what looked to be one hell of a primetime battle. Bernardo, one of boxing’s rising stars, entered the fight undefeated at 21-0, but was yet to face a fighter like Menard (31-1), who hadn’t lost since 2008 in his third professional bout.
But it was a one-sided affair. Despite being two years younger, Menard has more experience than Bernardo and that became evident from the start.
It took only three rounds for Menard to deliver the knockout blow, and it was a big one—a counter overhand blow with his right. The fight was over before Bernardo’s head hit the mat.
Twenty-three of Menard’s 31 victories have come via stoppage, so expect to see more from the 27-year-old American in the near future.
Personally, it was disappointing to see Bernardo lose. I was rooting for him based on attire alone. Those shorts are half American (the Rocky style), and half Dominican flag, making him easily the coolest dude in the sport.