MIAMI -- With a precision attack, Floyd Mayweather Jr.
took another step forward in his pursuit of a third world title.
Mayweather remained unbeaten with an eighth-round technical
knockout of overmatched challenger Henry Bruseles in a 12-round
junior welterweight clash at AmericanAirlines Arena.
Mayweather (33-0, 22 KOs), a former WBC super featherweight and
lightweight champion, improved to 2-0 since moving to the
140-pound division and notched his first knockout at the new
level. In this one, he never was threatened, methodically
battering his opponent from the start.
"I feel real good right now," Mayweather said.
With the win, Mayweather sets up a proposed June bout with WBC champion Arturo Gatti, assuming Gatti gets past James Leija next weekend. Mayweather, however, seems to be looking to bigger and better things.
"I'm told that [Shane] Mosley and [Oscar] De La Hoya are going to 147," Mayweather said. "I plan to join them there."
The end came late in the eighth for Bruseles (21-3-1) as referee
Jorge Alonzo stopped the fight just before the round expired.
Mayweather delivered a right uppercut with less than a minute
left in the round, forcing a standing eight-count. After
Bruseles gathered himself, Mayweather strutted forward before
unleashing a left hook to finish off his opponent.
The ring doctor had Alonzo stop the one-sided affair with five
seconds left in the round.
"I just took my time and listened to my corner," said
Mayweather, who had a heated exchange with uncle and trainer
Roger Mayweather after the fifth round. "I knew I was going to
drown [Bruseles] in deep water eventually."
Mayweather brushed off the argument in his corner.
"I trained hard for this fight," he said. "It was no dispute, we
were just having fun. [Roger] is the best trainer in the world
and we know it."
"I told him to go to the body and close the show," said Roger Mayweather.
Since winning three straight in a seven-month span from 2003-04,
Bruseles has had only a draw and this sound defeat.
In the night's chief undercard bout, heavyweight Sam Peter (22-0, 19 KOs) knocked
down Yanqui Diaz five times before referee Brian Garry stopped
the fight 54 seconds into the fifth.
In other bouts, up-and-coming super featherweight Daniel Jimenez scored an impressive one round technical knockout of Isidro Tejedor. Jimenez (12-1-1
7 KOs) dropped Tejedor (16-22-4, 8 KOs) with a left hook to the chin, and while Tejedor rose at the count of eight, referee Armando Garcia called a halt to the bout at 1:18 of the round.
Lorenzo Reynolds (2-0, 1 KO) stopped Anthony Concepcion (0-1) at 2:20 of the first round in a junior welterweight fight.
Heavyweight Albert Sosnowski (35-1, 21 KOs) knocked out Tommy Connelly (12-5, 10 KOs) at 1:25 of the second round.
Victor Bisbal (1-0) won a four round unanimous decision over Doug Robertson
(1-1) in a heavyweight bout.
Information from Maxboxing.com and SportsTicker was used in this report.