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Monday, July 27, 2015

Dustin Fleischer is 3-0 with 3 KOs

Welterweight Dustin Fleischer is 3-0 with 3 KOs. In his second fight on Jun 6 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, Fleischer stopped Kareem Millner in the first round. He earned a third round TKO over Stacey Anderson on June 25 at the Robert Treat Hotel in Newark, New Jersey.

Against Millner, Fleischer (coming off of a five-month layoff due to injury) controlled center ring. Millner attempted to trade as he moved around the perimeter. Fleischer soon trapped Millner against the ropes and used the overhand right to break down Millner. Referee Earl Brown quickly noticed that Millner had stopped defending himself and stopped the fight.

If most first rounds exhibit all the timidity of a first date, the opening round against Anderson was something akin to an episode of Married At First Sight. Fleischer almost exclusively launched power punches. Anderson had an aggressive mindset early, but Fleischer quickly forced him to reconsider with right hands.

Anderson is athletic, but he didn't know how to use his assets. He sported uniquely muscular thighs and yet only threw arm punches. He switched to southpaw in the second and third rounds and was equally ineffective in either stance.

Fleischer pounded Anderson in each round, primarily with rights. In the second round, he landed a vicious overhand right that blasted the mouthpiece out of Anderson's mouth. Anderson was badly hurt, but was granted a brief reprieve when referee David Fields halted the fight to reinsert the mouthpiece.

Anderson survived until the third round for two reasons: his style was awkward and he showed extreme toughness. He ate a number of flush punches and yet stayed up. Not until the final blow did Anderson go down. And even then- as he fell victim to another right- he grabbed the ropes to keep himself off the canvas.

Fleischer showed impressive discipline against an awkward opponent. His right hand has cringe-inducing power and is devastatingly accurate. He also has an effective left hook to the body. His next step is to utilize his jab and tighten up his left hook.

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