MIAMI — Hugo Centeno Jr. delivered one of the most devastating knockouts in current-era Miami boxing history Friday, Aug. 25.
Centeno used a looping left hook to drop Immanuwel Aleem like the proverbial ton of bricks at 2:27 of the third round of their FS1 Premier Boxing Champons middleweight fight from Main Street Miami.
Centeno (26-1, 14 knockouts) worked Aleem with several jabs, and then finally got in a shot to the chin for the knockout at 2:27 of the third round.
“You throw your leverage to your lower left and spin it around,” said Centeno, who heaped praise on former lightweight champ Shawn Porter, who helped with preparation for Friday’s fight.
Porter was scheduled to fight on the Mayweather-McGregor undercard but pulled out because of a death in the family.
“We had three weeks of sparring together,” Centeno said. “I didn’t think he was going to show up for sparring. He came back the next day and said ‘we’ve come this far and I’ve got to help you finish the last few days.’
“He put me through hell and back and it showed tonight,” Centeno said.
Aleem threw a left hook almost at the same time as Centeno, but Centeno’s hit the mark.
The loss was the first in 18 pro fights for Aleem, who was coming off an equally impressive KO against Ievgen Khytrov in January.
“He was a tough cookie, Centeno said of Aleem. “I thought he was going to get back up, but I didn’t see how he landed … I guess he landed pretty hard.
“It was amazing,” said Centeno, who was fighting for the first time in eight months. “This was a sensational feeling.”