Hearns beats Landberg with stoppage in 10th

Updated: February 5, 2006, 12:28 AM ET
Associated Press

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Thomas Hearns stopped Shannon Landberg midway through the 10th and final round Saturday night at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

The 47-year-old Hearns (61-5-1) never knocked down the 40-year-old Landberg (58-11), but referee Dale Grable ended the fight at 1:35 of the 10th with Landberg staggering around the ring in exhaustion.

Hearns struggled to find a rhythm in the early rounds, getting beaten to the punch by Landberg. Hearns rallied late in the fourth round, hurting Landberg with a right, but couldn't summon his old finishing skills.

Hearns, who led 89-82 on all three cards after nine rounds, finished stronger than Landberg, landing numerous clean shots in the eighth and ninth.

Earlier in the night, Hearns' son Ronald had little trouble with Kirk Douglas, knocking him out at 2:12 of the second round.

Douglas (10-11) barely attempted a punch in the first 4 minutes, then was dropped by a left hook midway through the second. He beat the count, but Hearns (8-0) knocked him out moments later with an overhand right.

In the featured undercard match, Lanardo Tyner (10-0) knocked out Leo Martinez (8-7) with a three-punch combination at 2:42 of the first round.

The crowd got a scare in the night's second fight when Chris Edmond (1-1) knocked out debuting Mike Howell with a left hook. Howell was unconscious when he hit the canvas, and stayed down for several minutes before being allowed to sit on his stool.

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