Former U.S. Olympian super middleweight Shawn Estrada (11-0, 10 KO) took on Jon "The Iron Man" Schmidt (10-2, 6 KO) yesterday on "ESPN Friday Night Fights" within the undercard of a heavyweight matchup featuring Chris Arreola and Joey Abell.
Boxing knockout excitement filled the air at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California after fans not only witnessed Arreola's first round KO victory over Abell, but also a seventh round KO for Josesito Lopez over Mike Dallas.
The 25-year-old Estrada, from East Los Angeles, did not wait long in continuing the action, as he knocked down Schmidt in the first 10 seconds of the first round. Then he continued the one-sided onslaught, knocking down Schmidt two more times in the first round. The referee stopped the bout after the third knockdown at 1:48 of the first round.
ESPN 2 boxing commentator Teddy Atlas said he was impressed with Estrada's performance, compared to his last outing on ESPN 2. He said that Estrada's punches were "crisp and precise" and that he did not waste energy on throwing punches that didn't score.
Estrada, who turned pro in 2008 after a stellar amateur career, has been staying very active progressing from fight to fight, boxing four times in 2009 and four more times in 2010.
He has knocked out 10 of his 11 opponents, but has not reached the top-15 rankings at the loaded super middleweight (168 pounds) division yet. With more performances like last night and with continued victories in 2011, if all goes well, he should make those rankings and be off to better and bigger fights.