Abraham Nova TKO8 William Encarnacion ... Featherweight Abraham "El Super" Nova walked to the ring with a mascot and cheerleaders, but he soon found himself in a fight on the ESPN broadcast from Verona, New York. Short-notice opponent William "El Gago" Encarnacion stunned Nova with an a chopping right in the first round, but Nova (21-0, 15 KOs) settled in and prevailed by eighth-round TKO. Nova was world-ranked at junior lightweight before moving down to featherweight last year. He survived the early rough patch and plastered Encarnacion (19-2, 15 KOs) with body shots. Encarnacion's corner saw enough and threw in the towel, much to the shock of those in attendance. Nova said, “It feels good to fight close to home a day after my birthday. I had a tricky opponent in front of me, but I got the job done. “I want [WBO champion Emanuel] Navarrete, to be honest. Everybody thinks he’ll blow me out. Put him in there. Let’s see if he’ll do it. I know I’ll beat him. I know I have the punch output, I know I’ll knock him out, and I know I’ll be the next WBO champion."
Puerto Rican junior welterweight Omar Rosario (6-0, 2 KOs) learned another lesson in his young career, as he nearly finished off Brooklyn's Raekwon Butler (4-2, 2 KOs) in the opening round before being forced the six-round distance and winning a unanimous decision. Rosario outlanded Butler 111-49 and got the verdict by scores of 59-54 (twice) and 58-55.
Welterweight Jahi Tucker (6-0, 4 KOs), age 18, knocked down Akeem Black (6-5, 2 KOs) with an uppercut in the opening round and then finished things off with a flurry in the second. Tucker became only the second man to knock out Black and landed 47 out of 98 punches thrown.
U.S. Olympian Troy "Transformer" Isley (4-0, 2 KOs) threw everything, including the kitchen sink in a middleweight bout, but Harry Keenan Cruz-Cubano (6-3, 2 KOs) withstood a hellacious beating to survive the six-round distance. Isley tagged Cruz-Cubano with uppercuts in the early rounds and cruised to a decision by scores of 59-53 and 59-54 2x.
Cruiserweight Lyubomyr Pinchuk (14-2-1, 8 KOs) lumbered to an eight-round unanimous decision over Jose Mario Flores (8-3-2, 4 KOs) by scores of 80-72 and 79-73 (twice).