Our June 1, 2019 PBC on FS1 started with fireworks. The night started out with a bang as Rodney Hernandez (13-7-2, 3 KOs), who was the underdog heading into the heavyweight fight, landed two massive lefts to the head of the highly touted Onoriode Ehwarieme (17-1, 16 KOs), sending the previously undefeated native of Nigeria thundering to the canvas. Ehwarieme appeared to beat referee Rudy Baragon’s count, but Baragon waved it off, determining that the towering African was unable to continue at 2:59 of round one.
“I want to dedicate this fight to all of the people,” said Hernandez. “Here I am. I am not surprised by the first round KO. I am a very confident person. I like to smile, but I also like to throw punches. Please anyone in the heavyweight division, fight me. I will be prepared to the fullest, I won’t disrespect anyone. I will work hard. I am ready. This is my time.”
“I was ready to continue. The referee made the wrong call,” said Ehwarieme. “There was one second to go. I woul