Cornelius Lock (21-6, 13 KOs) withstood two suspect knockdowns to pound out a unanimous ten round decision over Lonnie Smith (14-5, 10 KOs) at the Masonic Temple in Detroit , Michigan . The bout was the co-main event on ESPN’s Friday Night Boxing series.
Scores were 97-91, 96-92 and 95-92.
Doghouseboxing scored the bout 98-91 for Lock.
Lock, a southpaw, went to the body and head in round one. His quicker punches tattooed the onrushing Smith.
In rounds two and three, Smith, 26, found Lock, 36, with lead right hands. Lock jabbed and countered, stinging Smith with combinations. He was outworking his younger opponent by a ratio of three to one.
Lock tasted the canvas for the first time in round four. A sweeping right did the trick. He was up quickly and resumed control of the bout.
Smith caught Lock with a right hand that floored him for the second time in round five. Lock had blocked the punch, lost his balance and fell sideways. The referee, out of position, ruled the result a knockdown. Nevertheless though dubious, the knockdowns had tightened the bout.
In round six, Smith ducked into an uppercut. Stunned, he moved away. He also lost his mouthpiece for the second time near the end of the round.
Lock slashed Smith with combinations in rounds seven and eight. His uppercut clipped the chin of Smith. Lock’s consistent bodywork was paying off. Smith pushed Lock into the ropes and unloaded a right that connected. Lock shook it off and went back to work.
A short inside hook in round nine jolted Smith. Lock snapped off lefts and rights.
Lock went out looking for a knockout in round ten. Smith was happy to stand toe to toe and rumble. Both fighters connected with punches, but Lock maintained the upper hand.
While Lock celebrated his victory, Smith looked on in disbelief.
John J. Raspanti responds to all his emails. Please send all questions and comments to John at: email@example.com