Unbeaten heavyweight prospect Frank Sanchez stayed on course for a potential future world title shot with a ninth-round stoppage victory vs Carlos Negron at Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Saturday night.
Fighting on the undercard of the big Deontay Wilder vs Robert Helenius PPV on FOX, the 30-year-old ‘Cuban Flash’ again showcased his speed and technical ability, and also the ability to finish when the opportunity present itself.
Sanchez vs Negron fight report
Now trained by the renowned Joe Goossen, Sanchez (21-0 with 14 wins inside distance) began to turn up the heat in the second half of the fight, slowly battering Negron (now 25-4) and causing swelling and bleeding that forced the doctors to check on Negron before round nine. From round six on, Sanchez out landed Negron 68 to 46, including 39 to 21 in power punches.
“I knew that the last three rounds I was going to step on the gas and knock him out late,” said Sanchez.
“We knew that Negron was going to be tough and he definitely gave it his all,” said Sanchez. “He was tough for nine rounds, but the knockout was inevitable. I have nothing but respect for Negrón, he fought a good fight. I just did what I had to do.”
Sanchez made sure to take advantage of his momentum and quickly unleashed a combination that sent Negron to the mat in the neutral corner. Negron was able to rise to his feet, but was met with heavy pressure from the charging Sanchez.
As the onslaught continued and Sanchez winged power punches on his weary opponent, eventually referee Ricky Gonzalez jumped in and called off the fight 1:36 into the round.
Next fight for Frank Sanchez?
After the fight, Sanchez expressed his desire to fight for a chance to become Cuba’s first ever heavyweight world champion.
“I’m a highly-rated fighter, so I feel like a mandatory shot for the world title is coming,” he said. “I’m just looking forward to fighting the best that the division has to offer. Hopefully the fans will get to see me in those big fights next year.”