Shaun George derails Chris Byrd’s 175-pound Debut!
By Benny Henderson Jr. Doghouse Boxing (May 17, 2008)  
Last night on ESPN2 Friday Night Fights former cruiserweight contender Shaun George 17-2-2 (8) took out the former two-time heavyweight champion Chris Byrd 40-5-1 (21) in nine rounds derailing Byrd’s 175-debut, and quite possibly his career.

Byrd, who dropped forty pounds and two weight classes, came into the bout looking drained and was out-hustled and overwhelmed by the speed and precise punching George, who offered up a taste of the canvas in the opening round.

George was relentless in landing his greatest weapon of the night – his right hand – stunning Byrd again in the second round, and continued to pound out the points and pain throughout the duration of the bout.

Byrd tried to rally back in the second half of the bout landing a series of left hands and combos, but was once again met with the stunning right hand of George.

A battered and beat down Byrd was knocked down in the ninth round by… you guess it, a right hand. And although Byrd beat the count, he was met with an all out assault by George that dropped Byrd on the ropes and prompted referee jay Nady to call a halt to the assault giving George the upset victory over at 2:45 in the ninth round.

A jubilant George who now has earned himself four consecutive wins had no problem in calling out Antonio Tarver, who was in studio. Byrd, who drops his second straight bout, left the ring visibly disappointed without comment and most likely pondering his future or what is left of it in the fight game.

© Copyright / All Rights reserved: Doghouse Boxing Inc. 1998-2008