In a month loaded with highly touted prospects that really shined throughout the month a 2-0 (2) prospect would really have to be next level and do something really spectacular, really shine, to take home our prestigious Prospect of the Month Award and that’s exactly what 18-year-old Abdullah Mason, of the “Mason 5 Fighting Family” did Saturday, April 29th in just second pro fight against Luciano Ramos. Scoring a sensational first-round TKO at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on the undercard of Stevenson-Valdez. As Stevenson was venting himself as one of the premier fighters in the world pound for pound the teenage sensation from Cleveland, Ohio, was proving he was one of the premier prospects on earth with his performance.
It will take you far more time to read this month’s Prospect of the Month article than it took our prospect of the month to dispose of his opponent. Mason got off to a quick start, just moments in scoring with a quick jab left uppercut combo that stunned Ramos. Mason walked his overmatched opponent down, ripping off vicious power shots and mixing up head and bodywork. A lightning-quick, short left hand rocked Ramos with about a minute left in the opening stanza. Sending him into the ropes. A right hook followed by a left hand kept Ramos in the ropes as the undefeated prospect tee’d off. Like a seasoned pro the Cleveland native mixed up head and body shots to perfection. One straight left to the body, in particular, sent Ramos reeling backward with just over half a minute left in the round. Smartly staying downstairs he landed two more thudding body shots and a right hand to the head, which brought in referee Tony Weeks to step in and waive the bout off at the 2:32 mark. Giving Abdullah his second stoppage victory in as many pro bouts.
The lightweight division is loaded with top young fighters. Tank Davis, Ryan Garcia, Devin Haney, and William Zepeda, the list goes on and on. It’s the premier division for young talent and it may have another can’t-miss, future world champ, in the making in the 18-year-old Mason. At just 2-0 (2) it’s not clear exactly what Mason will project out to be. However, it’s clear the southpaw has all the natural talent and abilities you would want in a blue-chip prospect. The speed, power, and combination punching he also has decent height and reach for a lightweight. If he can go down to 130 as has been discussed he will be a really big 130-pounder as well. At just 2-0, and given what we saw at the MGM Grand he is likely only a few fights away from taking a major step up and fighting the kind of well-known contenders in and around 135-pounds such as Jose Gallegos, Juan Carlos Burgos, Austin Dulay, and Ivan Delgado.