Lanardo Tyner Scores Ninth Round KO Over Antwone Smith
Highly-touted 23-year-old Miami welterweight (147 pounds) prospect, Antwone "The Truth" Smith, was generally outworked by his 34-year-old counterpart, Lanardo Tyner, of Houston, Tex., before falling victim to a vicious body shot and failing to beat the count on the way to being stopped in the ninth round of their Showtime-televised bout from the Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.
In victory, Tyner improved to 24-3, and with his 15th knockout, earned his third consecutive win in the process.
His right eye badly swollen from the punishment he received, Smith rode a 13-0-1 unbeaten streak into the bout, which had included seven knockouts.
But the younger fighter slipped to 18-2-1, with 10 knockouts, suffering his first loss since July 2007, when he was decisioned over six rounds by Ed Paredes. Smith was coming off of his second straight knockout: April's third-round stoppage of Franklin Gonzalez.
Smith rose to his feet at the count of eight, but referee Earl Morton waved an end to the fight at the 1 minute, 15-second mark of the round.
Tyner-Smith took place on the undercard of a main event featuring rising Philadelphia welterweight Mike Jones, who scored his 22nd straight win without a loss and his 18th knockout at 1 minute, 22 seconds of the fifth round against 31-year-old Irving Garcia.
The 27-year-old, nearly 6-foot-1 Jones used a powerful left hook to drive Garcia into the ropes, where the younger man fired perhaps more than 10 unanswered punches -- the last being a left hook to the crotch that dropped his adversary to his knees.