The Novo at L.A. Live, Los Angeles - The non-televised fights featured a slew of talented fighters making their highly anticipated professional debuts. 2016 Mexican Olympian and Bronze medalist Misael Rodriguez (1-0) secured a unanimous decision (40-36, 40-36, 40-36) over Brian True (1-7-1, 1 KO) in four-round slugfest.

2016 Lithuanian Olympian Eimantas Stanionis (1-0, 1 KO) landed punches in bunches against Rasheed Lawal (1-5-1). Stanionis applied pressure with two swarms of punches in the first round, the second barrage proving too much for Lawal and forced the referee to stop the fight in round one (2:35).

Lindolfo Delgado (1-0, 1 KO) stopped Luis Silva (3-10, 2 KOs) in round three (:33). Delgado knocked Silva down with a vicious uppercut in the second round and Silva never fully regained himself before his corner stopped the fight in the third frame.

Money Powell IV (1-0, 1 KO) used his height and reach advantage to dominate Todd Templeton (0-1), knocking Templeton down twice and then stunning him a third time before the referee stopped the action in the first round (2:55).


"I honestly thought it was going to be an easier opponent. I haven't been active since the Olympics eight months ago, but I trained very hard for this fight and got the win tonight.

"I don't think he brought anything to the table that was that different than what I've seen before, but it was my first pro fight and maybe there were some first fight jitters.

"I've never had a bloody nose before, so tonight was definitely something different for me, but I rolled with the punches.

"It means a lot to me to be a professional fighter now. I know the expectations are higher, and there are a lot of differences between the pros and amateurs, but it felt great in there."



"I had a great camp, I have fantastic coaches and I work hard every day in the gym. Tonight, it all paid off.

"I saw that I was able to land some good shots, and I could tell I was getting to him a little bit, so I started throwing more and more to try and stop him.

"This has been a dream of mine forever. I grew up watching legends like Mike Tyson and Manny Pacquiao, and now I'm a professional fighter just like them.

"I'm ready to continue proving myself. I'll fight anyone they put in front of me."


"My team and I had a game plan and I followed it to the letter.

"The punch that I dropped (Silva) with was a left uppercut. Thankfully I was able to land it and I knew I had him hurt.

"Competing in Rio de Janeiro in the Olympics was an incredible experience and a good learning lesson for me, but now I've officially made my transition into the pros. It felt different in the ring tonight, but I was very prepared.

"I'm just going to continue training hard to build on this performance and little by little we're going to reach our goals."


"I did what I wanted to do tonight. I dominated early. (Templeton) is a tough, old dude, and I want to thank him for taking this fight and allowing me to showcase my skills.

"I was just trying to start the fight out by controlling my distance and using my jab, but I could see he didn't have much to offer, so I stopped using my jab so much. Once I realized I could land shots on him I went with my power punches because anything I threw was going to get him.

"Becoming a professional fighter is a dream come true for me. I always wanted to be a fighter ever since I was a little kid. Thankfully Richard Schaefer signed me and gave me a chance to realize my dream.

"This is only the beginning for me. I'm trying to be the best fighter that's ever lived."