Travis Castellon flew off his school in hopes of catching Tre’Sean Wiggins off guard in the early moments of their welterweight bout. The strategy fell flat on its face, as did the locally-based Castellon who was dropped three times by Wiggins en route to a first-round knockout as part of a Don King Productions Pay-Per-View event Saturday from Casino Miami Jai Alai in Miami, Florida.
Wiggins laughed off Castellon’s aggressive effort, immediately connecting with a straight left hand out of the southpaw stance. Castellon wildly missed with an overhand left, then came in with his hands down as Wiggins connected with a left hand over the top to score the first knockdown. The same weapons produced a second knockdown moments later.
Castellon beat the count but was out on his feet. Wiggins drilled the Fort Lauderdale native with body shots before a final left hand out Castellon (17-5-1, 12KOs) down and out for the night.
Wiggins (14-5-3, 8KOs) enjoys a career turnaround after a rough patch that left him with back-to-back draws and a knockout loss to streaking Argentinean welterweight Alberto Palmetto. Three wins have followed including back-to-back knockouts on Don King promoted shows in 2022.
Luis Rodriguez maintained his perfect knockout-to-win ratio following a third-round knockout of Ryan Adams (8-6-1, 6KOs).
The fight was awkward and at times ugly through two rounds, before Toa Alta, Puerto Rico’s Rodriguez (9-0, 9KOs) finally found his way to Adams’s chin. A left hook had Adams out on his feet, with a right hand sending the St. Louis native face-first to the canvas though somehow beating the count. Rodriguez closed the show mere seconds later, scoring another knockdown which produced the stoppage following an eight-count at 2:26 of round three.
Cuban export Raynel Mederos advances to 7-0 (2KOs) following a second-round knockout of Ryan Wilson (1-1, 1KO), The Miami-based junior welterweight dropped Wilson twice in round, first with a right hand and then with body shots. The stoppage came soon thereafter at 1:20 of round two.
Ian Green took a round or so to adapt to his awkward southpaw opponent. Once he hit his stride, the Paterson, New Jersey native outclassed Anthony Lenk en route to a ten-round, unanimous decision victory in their regional middleweight title fight. Judges Steve Weisfeld (99-91), Gloria Martinez-Rizzo (98-92) and Carlos Sucre (98-92) all scored in favor of Green in the opening bout of the PPV.
Lenk came out determined to upset the streaking prospect, jumping out to a strong start in the opening round. Green looked uncomfortable at the start of the bout before settling into a groove. The 28-year-old middleweight was potent with his right hand, hurting a game Lenk on several occasions though never coming close to dropping or stopping the Niagara Falls native.
Lenk has now suffered two straight defeats, falling to 17-9 (7KOs). Green’s career heads in the opposite direction, having now won four straight in improving to 16-2 (11KOs). The feat follows Green’s best win to date, scoring an upset eight-round virtual shutout of previously unbeaten Tyler Howard last November in Las Vegas.
Headlining the show, secondary WBA heavyweight titlist Trevor Bryan (22-0, 15KOs) attempts his second title defense versus heavily favored London native Daniel Dubois (17-1, 16KOs), who has won two straight since a tenth-round knockout to Joe Joyce in his lone career defeat nearly two years ago.
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox