Rivera Stops Barnett in Ninth Round

Gary Williams | 6/4/2014, 3 p.m.
Not since the fictional character Chino killed Tony at the end of "West Side Story" has someone with that moniker ...
Junior welterweight Cosme "Chino" Rivera lands a body shot against Ty Barnett during a 10-round bout at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Northwest on Saturday, May 31. Photo by Khalid Naji-Allah

Not since the fictional character Chino killed Tony at the end of “West Side Story” has someone with that moniker shocked so many people. 

Veteran and former world title contender Cosme "Chino" Rivera of Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mexico shocked hundreds of partisan fans at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Northwest on Saturday, May 31 by scoring a devastating ninth-round knockout over hometown hero and card promoter Ty Barnett. The bout was the main event on Barnett's Top Flight Promotions card. The win proved particularly upsetting to one person at the fight who attacked Rivera in the ring after the bout ended. 

As the bout got underway, Barnett took control of the contest. He landed good jabs and mixed in body shots. Barnett used strong ring generalship through the early parts of the contest. Rivera came back in the fifth and landed a solid right hand across the face of Barnett that caused blood to flow from Barnett's mouth.

In the sixth and seventh rounds, Barnett moved in with effective body shots. However, Rivera landed another solid right that did more damage to Barnett’s mouth. In the eighth, Rivera pressed his attack and had his best round of the night until the ninth round. With about a minute remaining in the ninth round, the two men threw simultaneous rights, and Rivera's blow got to his target first and knocked Barnett out. Referee Michelle Myers counted to 10 and the bout was over at 2:52. 

Then the chaos ensued. As Barnett was being attended to, an unidentified person jumped into the ring and attacked Rivera in his corner. Security and emergency medical technicians managed to pull the person off of him and Rivera walked out of the ring under his own power. After everything calmed down, Barnett also left the ring without assistance.

With the win, Rivera, who unsuccessfully challenged Zab Judah for the IBF and WBC Junior Welterweight titles and the WBA Super Welterweight title in May 2005, raised his record to 37-18-3, 25 KO's while Barnett's record fell to 22-4-1, 14 KO's. 

In the co-feature contest, undefeated Springdale, Maryland junior middlweight Larry "The Cuban Assassin" Recio scored a second-round TKO over an extremely game Daniel Gonzalez. Recio hit Gonzalez with every punch in the book but Gonzalez kept coming at him. Unfortunately, Gonzalez had little offense to accompany his movement.

By the second round, the similar pattern forced referee Vic DeWysocki to stop the contest at 2:10.  Recio notched his fifth straight knockout victory and lifted his record to 6-0, five KO's while Gonzalez's record dropped to 9-32-2, three KO's.

In other bouts on the card, D.C. super featherweight Nuwan "The Lion of Sri Lanka" Jayakodi won a six-round unanimous decision over David Warren Huffman of Cincinnati, Ohio. Jayakodi battled in front of a large contingent of fans waiving Sri Lankan flags.  

Jayakodi landed the more telling blows during the contest. Huffman, who has competed numerous times in Beltway locations, had one of his better outings in recent memory, even trash-talking Jayakodi in the final moments of the bout. Jayakodi, however, won by scores of 58-56, 59-55 and 60-55 to lift his record to 3-4-1, two KO's. Huffman is now 4-20-1, one KO.