Nico Hernandez knocked out Jose Rodriguez in the third round of his second professional fight Saturday night, in front of his home town.
The Wichita-native and Olympic bronze medalist nearly delivered a knockout punch in the first round, but Rodriguez came back after an 8-count on the ropes.
Hernandez finished off Rodriguez with less than 30 seconds remaining in the third round. It is his second knockout in his 2-0 career.
"I wasn't planning on going out there and fighting his fight so I just went out there and did my thing and I wasn't too worried about what he was going to do because I've been to the Olympics and I've fought the best in the world," he said. "I feel like I'm on a different level than a lot of these fighters. It showed tonight."
His father Lewis is also his coach and head trainer. The elder Hernandez was proud of his son's aggressive performance and said the home crowd was a big motivation.
"He loves Wichita and he loves Kansas and he loves repping Kansas," he said. "I think that gives him more of a push. We have a great card and we're trying to build our way up to that World Title shot to get it early. He's qualifying for it."