Boston police officer Billy Traft didn’t disappoint his enormous cheering section Saturday night at TD Garden when he earned a unanimous decision over Joe Powers in a four-round middleweight bout at “Night at the Fights.”
Traft, a Dorchester resident who works in the gang unit, improved to 3-0-0, while Powers, of Groton, Conn., was making his professional debut.
In the opening round, Traft came out aggressively, testing Powers from the opening bell. The only blow Powers really landed was in the final second of the round, when he connected on a hard right to Traft’s midsection.
In the second, Traft was even stronger. Powers missed punches early and he paid for it with Traft punishing him with body shots and several lefts and rights to the head. Traft often had Powers up against the ropes and backed into the corners. Powers didn’t put up much of a fight to battle his way out of trouble.
Traft continued the punishment in the third round. Powers landed a punch here and there, but the only combination he was able to generate was at the very end of the round. Trast reacted by holding his arms away from his body as if to say, “So what? You didn’t hurt me.’’
Both fighters tried to close out the bout in strong fashion in the final round. It was Powers’s best round and he connected on several blows, but only one real combination. Traft answered with a strong series of blows to Powers’s head.
After a 10-second timeout in the late going, both fighters finished with a dueling blows leading up to the final bell.
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