By D.C. Reeves
Published: Saturday, April 5, 2014 at 3:30 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, April 6, 2014 at 12:21 a.m.
The homecoming spotlight didn't last long, but that's just fine with KeAndrae Leatherwood.
The Tuscaloosa native knocked out Mickey Scarborough in the first round to cap the “Young Guns” boxing show at the Belk Activity Center at Bowers Park on Saturday night.
Leatherwood, a middleweight who headlined the local fight night promoted by world heavyweight contender and fellow Tuscaloosan Deontay Wilder, used his trademark fast hands to deliver a flurry of punches to Scarborough's body with a left uppercut to the body being the final blow.
Scarborough collapsed to the canvas and couldn't even get to one foot during the 10-count.
“I hit him with a great body shot, it may have been the best body shot I ever threw,” said Leatherwood, who moves to 14-2-1 with the win. Scarborough fell to 7-8.
The event was Wilder's first as a co-promoter. He promoted it alongside Skyy Boxing owner Jay Deas, Wilder's co-trainer. Wilder was on hand signing autographs, taking pictures and took to the ring between fights to pump up the fans.
“It was great, I feel like it was a success,” said Wilder, who is in line for a shot at the World Boxing Council world heavyweight title in the coming months. “It's a great feeling to see all of these people here as well. The only bad thing about it is it makes me want to get in the ring.”
Leatherwood, who trains in the Atlanta area, was happy to get the win, albeit a quick one, in front of a supportive crowd.
“It was a great experience, I want to thank all the fans who came out,” Leatherwood said. “The atmosphere, there's nothing like being at home. I love being at home. It's just a great experience when you can come home and put on a show for the hometown fans.”
Young Guns Boxing Results
n Tom Howard def. Anthony Middlebrooks by first-round TKO
n Rashad Jones def. Corey Harris by fourth-round TKO
n Gary Kelly def. Willie Kyles by third-round TKO
n Justin Brunetti def. Carlos Dumas by unanimous decision
n Pierre Webster def. Michael Doyle by unanimous decision
n Keith Thompson def. Derek Walker by unanimous decision
n KeAndrae Leatherwood def. Mickey Scarbrough by first-round knockout
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