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Anthony Bonsante (23-3-3,13 KOs) was impressive-looking on Saturday stopping veteran Ronnie Martinez (28-5-1, 15 KOs) in a jr middleweight contest at the Canterbury Downs Racetrack in Shakopee, Minnesota.
Bonsante came out strong in the opening stanza and established a jab that dominated Martinez from the first punch. Bonsante switched tactics midway into the first and started to going to the body. Martinez was staggered a bit with a left-right combination toward the end but he did survive.
Bonsante came out in round two landing three quick jabs that backed Martinez up. Martinez showed he wanted to fight but he couldn’t land a solid punch. Bonsante came out strong in the third chasing down Martinez with a steady, pounding jab and working the body. The left eye of Martinez was starting to close at this point. Bonsante hurt Martinez with a hard overhand right to the head. Just before the bells Bonsante landed two right uppercuts that doubled over Martinez. Fortunately the bell rang.
A clueless Martinez sat on his stool shaking his head when referee Mark Nelson asked him if he wanted to continue. Nelson mercifully waived the fight over and awarded Bonsante a TKO at the end of round three. As the crowd cheered, Bonsante, with the microphone in hand and his children by his side, took the opportunity to reissue his challenge to undefeated jr. middleweight prospect Matt Vanda from nearby St. Paul.
Also in action, champion kickboxer now-boxer C.B. Bunkholt (4-0) scored a TKO at 1:20 of the second round over winless Gabriel Perez (0-8) in featherweight matchup. Bunkholt dominated the first round with no problems. Midway in the second round, Bunkholt dropped Perez with a hard right uppercut to the body. Perez got back up and shook his head negative when referee Danny Nelson asked if he wish continue. No sooner had the referee awarded Bunkholt a TKO victory at 1:20 of the second round that Nelson started to mildly protest.
It was an incredible evening of entertainment that started with horse races and ended with amateur and pro boxing showcased.