Saturday night went smoother for Haven Brady Jr. than Friday afternoon.

A day after he came in three pounds overweight, Brady boxed well against a puncher and won his eight-round junior lightweight fight against Ruben Cervera by unanimous decision on the Efe Ajagba-Stephan Shaw undercard at Turning Stone Resort Casino in Verona, New York. Judges Don Ackerman (79-73), Tom Schreck (80-72) and Don Trella (78-74) scored their fight for Brady, who utilized his jab and consistently punched in combination against the aggressive Cervera.

The 21-year-old Brady, of Albany, Georgia, improved to 9-0 (4 KOs). Colombia’s Cervera, 25, slipped to 13-4 (11 KOs).

Brady drilled Cervera with a right hand with about 1:40 remaining in the eighth and final round. Cervera pressured Brady for the rest of their bout, but Brady often countered him and moved out of Cervera’s punching range.

Brady cracked Cervera with a right uppercut that connected with 35 seconds on the clock in the sixth round. Cervera’s right and then a left caught Brady a few seconds after the halfway point of the sixth round.

Just before the fifth round ended, Cervera clipped Brady with two right hands to the side of his head. The first of those two rights knocked Brady off balance.

Brady’s right hand landed with just over 10 seconds on the clock in the fifth round.

From a southpaw stance, Brady landed back-to-back left hands as Cervera came forward with just under two minutes on the clock in the second round.

Cervera continued to pressure during the fourth round, yet Brady’s combinations kept him from having any success.

Cervera’s left-right combination caught Brady, who was backed against the ropes with just under 30 seconds on the clock in the third round.

Brady landed a left hook in an exchange just after the midway mark of the third round. Cervera’s stiff jab connected 1:15 into the third round.

Cervera caught Brady with a left hook in an exchange just before the second round ended. Brady’s left hook connected with just under a minute to go in the second round.

Brady blasted Cervera with a right hand that snapped his head back with about 50 seconds to go in the first round.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.