A week later, John Howard is still geeked about his first-round TKO of Ray Cooper III at the Professional Fighters League 4 event. It's not that Howard didn't think he could finish last year's welterweight runner-up; it's the unexpected way in which the fight unfolded at the Ocean Casino Resort in Atlantic City, N.J.
"I was shocked that the left put him down. I had the right hand ready for him, but it was the left that put him down, man," Howard admitted to Sporting News this week about the pair of blistering left hooks that spelled the brutal end for Cooper. "He stood back up. I gave him the left hook again. I never knew I could deliver that much power in one hand."