Brian Norman, Jr. W7 Flavio Rodriguez... In Hinckley, Minnesota, an all-action affair between Brian Norman, Jr. (17-0, 14 KOs) and Flavio Rodriguez (9-2-1, 7 KOs) was cut short after an accidental headbutt caused a deep vertical laceration on the forehead of Rodriguez. At the advice of the ringside physician, referee Gary Miezwa stopped the fight at 57 seconds of round number seven. The fight went to the judges’ scorecards with the technical unanimous decision going in Norman’s favor, 69-64 and 68-65 (twice). Norman broke open a competitive fight by outlanding Rodriguez 79-35 overall and 73-20 in power punches in rounds five through seven, a reflection of Norman's superior activity (72.4 punches per round to Rodriguez's 54.4), accuracy (33%-29% overall, 44%-32% power) and body punching (67-50 in connects).
The 19 year-old Norman, who turned pro at the age of 17 and is trained by his father and former pro fighter Brian Norman Sr., showed the skills that give him the reputation of a prospect, but still left the fight feeling unsatisfied. “That headbutt was right before the knockout,” said Norman. “I’m pretty sure everybody saw it. That boy was dead but I give him respect. I believe that seventh round was the knockout round, either by TKO or knockout. I had him dead the round before and drained all the energy out of him.”
“I know I won more rounds than that,” said the 29year-old Rodriguez, who also feels a knockout was imminent, but in his favor. “I definitely know I won more rounds. I was hitting him with power shots and if we didn’t have that accidental headbutt I felt I could have gotten him out of there.” source: showtime