PHILLY BOXING HISTORY                                                                             June 09, 2012


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Philadelphia's Jesse Hart, son of  former middleweight legend Eugene "Cyclone" Hart, made a successful - and quick - professional boxing debut in Las Vegas Saturday night with a 33 second TKO of Manuel Eastman. The scheduled four-rounder opened the show at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, on the undercard of the Manny Pacquiao vs. Tim Bradley welterweight championship fight.

The bout started around 3:30 PM Pacific Time before a sparse live crowd, and Hart wasted no time in securing his first professional victory. The super middleweight attacked his hand-picked opponent from the opening bell and shook the 0-1 footnote with rigid left jabs and rapid straight rights to the head. Hart also drilled Eastman with a hard body shot that forced the New Mexico MMA specialist to grab.

As referee Joe Cortez pulled the fighters apart, Hart shot a heavy right hand to Eastman's face that staggered him. Cortez jumped in to stop the super middleweight fight. The time was 33 seconds of round one.

The speedy win launched the career of the decorated amateur star, who focused on a run at the professional ranks once his Olympic dream was derailed earlier this year.

Hart is scheduled to fight for the second time on July 7th in Atlantic City.


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John DiSanto - Las Vegas - June 09, 2012