By Johnny B’
Hometown middleweight Luis Arias (16-0, 8 KOs) scored a fourth round TKO over journeyman banger Darryl Cunningham (33-9, 13 KOs) from Detroit, Michigan, on Saturday night in the headliner for the ‘Night of Champions’ boxing event at the Wisconsin Center in Milwaukee. Arias dominated a very game Cunningham from the opening bell. The bout ended in round four after Arias scored a knockdown. As soon as Cunningham got up and was allowed to continue, Arias followed up with punches in bunches. Referee Mark Nelson called a halt to the bout at 1:41 of the fourth round.
“I knew from the start I was in tip-top shape, Arias said. “From the first round, I could tell he was trying to survive.”
With the win, Arias claimed the vacant USBA middleweight title. The championship belt was put around the waist of Luis by IBF/USBA Supervisor Pete Podgorski. At the time of the stoppage, all three judges, Mike Fitzgerald (Wisconsin), Jerome Jakubco (Illinois) and Patrick Morley (Illinois) had Arias ahead on the scorecards.
The show was produced by Seconds Out Promotions.
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