Showing a mix of power, speed and skill, Gainesville native Tyrese Hendrix won his 17th straight fight Saturday night in Tunica, Miss., knocking out Robbie Cannon in the second round.
"I felt I did everything right (Saturday), and I needed to because everyone told me about the power in Cannon’s right hand," said Hendrix (17-0-1). "I’m glad I never got to see it."
Hendrix, the CAM and NABA US lightweight title holder, established a pace in the first round, landing jabs and avoiding Cannon (12-4). Hendrix then sent the Missouri fighter to the canvas in the second round with a flurry of punches that began with an uppercut and culminated with a right hook to the head.
Cannon recovered for the eight count, but was knocked out shortly after. Hendrix’s uppercut and hook were again responsible for the damage, which left Cannon on the mat for two minutes after the fight.
"Tyrese did everything I asked him to and everything we worked on the gym," said Jason Jorgensen, Hendrix’s trainer. "And best of all, he executed it perfectly."
It’s the seventh knockout of Hendrix’s career and his first in more than 18 months after five straight wins by unanimous decision.