Jason Sanchez had never been stopped through 20 pro fights that included a reigning titlist and two former title challengers.

Bruce ‘Shu Shu’ Carrington needed just six minutes to change that statistic.

The unbeaten featherweight from the Brownsville section of Brooklyn, New York twice floored Sanchez en route to a second-round knockout victory. The latter of two knockdowns triggered an immediate stoppage at 2:59 of round two Saturday evening at Charles F. Dodge City Center in Pembroke Pines, Florida.

The intended step up in class was preceded by boisterous claims by Carrington that he would be the one to “derail” Naoya Inoue. Naturally, the comments were met with a collective eyeroll but still set the stage for Carrington to at least deliver an explosive statement versus a former title challenger.

It was mission accomplished as he racked up his most meaningful win to date. Sanchez went twelve rounds with Oscar Valdez, who was unbeaten and the reigning WBO featherweight titlist at the time of their June 2019 meeting. He also went ten each with former title challengers Christopher Diaz and—in his most recent bout—Zelfa Barret but was unable to stand up to Carrington’s deceptive power.

Carrington rocked Sanchez with a left hook late in round two. It led to the first knockdown of the fight as Sanchez was nearly sent through the ropes from a right hand.

Sanchez beat the count and was dangerously close to making it out of the round. A final left hook from Carrington, however, forced him to crumple to the canvas. Referee Luis Pabon immediately waved off the contest, to the slight dismay of Sanchez (16-5, 9KOs).

The win was the fifth of a productive 2023 campaign for Carrington (10-0, 6KO).

Carrington-Sanchez aired on ESPN+ as part of a six-fight preliminary undercard. Headlining the main ESPN card, double Olympic Gold medalist and current WBO featherweight titlist Robeisy Ramirez (13-1, 8KOs) attempts his second defense versus Guadalajara’s Rafael Espinoza (21-0, 18KOs).

Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. X (formerly Twitter): @JakeNDaBox