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LAS VEGAS – Jahi Tucker wasn’t matched easy in his second professional fight Saturday night.
The 17-year-old prospect handled Charles Garner’s pressure and toughness well enough, though, to win their four-round welterweight bout by unanimous decision. Judges Glenn Feldman (40-36), Lisa Giampa (40-36) and Dave Moretti (40-36) each scored what was a competitive fight a shutout for Tucker on the Vasiliy Lomachenko-Teofimo Lopez undercard at MGM Grand Conference Center.
Tucker, of Deer Park, New York, improved to 2-0. Buffalo’s Garner, 26, slipped to 1-1.
Garner landed a straight right just before the midway mark of the fourth round. A left hook by Garner made Tucker retreat with about 45 seconds to go in the fight.
Tucker landed in combination while working off his back foot with just under two minutes to go in the third round. Garner kept coming forward, though, and landed a left hook with just under a minute remaining in the third round.
Tucker drilled Garner with a thudding right to the body with just over 30 seconds to go in the second round. Tucker’s left up top several seconds later knocked out Garner’s mouthpiece, which eventually caused a brief break in the action.
Tucker connected with a right-left combination with about 45 seconds to go in the first round. Garner, backed against the ropes, landed a flush left hook that Tucker took well toward the end of the first round.
Garner wildly threw a left hook at Tucker as soon as their fight started. Garner’s punch miss, which forced him to use his gloves from falling to the canvas.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.