After a dominating opening, Hendrix’s (11-0-1, 6 KOs) speed proved too much for Waldo Rangel (2-10) at Atlanta’s Center Stage.
More importantly, though, it was further demonstration that the Gainesville native is primed for greater lightweight challenges ahead.
"We’re looking to take the next step up the ladder. I expect to have at least 10 fights next year, and plan my first title fight for around March," he said. "It’ll be in Gainesville."
While such certainty shouldn’t be taken for granted in boxing, Hendrix surely has little to gain from facing more opponents of Rangel’s caliber.
The Mexican fighter, who weighed in two pounds over the limit, had little to offer.
He was reduced to holding, elbowing and using his head by the second round, all in an effort to stem the force of a lightning-quick opponent.
In the third round, a frustrated Hendrix was instructed to "take him out."
After prizing himself free of Rangel’s grip, he found enough space to inflict a devastating combination.
"I started with a jab, followed with a left body shot, right body shot, a right hook and then a straight left," Hendrix said.
Rangel folded and didn’t even rise for the count, officially given at 2:44 in the round.
One ringside commentator described the final blow, the straight left, as having physically "swept" Rangel onto the canvas, drawing cheers from the tight-knit venue.
At no point in the fight did Hendrix look in danger, though there were concerns that Rangel’s tactics – particularly the use of his head – might cause an injury.
Not surprisingly, Hendrix preferred to dwell on an increasingly promising future. His next fight is tentatively scheduled for January in Tampa, Fl., although an opponent is yet to be confirmed. A victory in the probably fight would raise the possibility of an inter-continental title bid.
According to his manager, Shay Bailey, sports television network ESPN has expressed interest in Hendrix for next season’s "Friday Night Fights" program.
"I’ve been ready for this for a while," Hendrix said.