Eliezer Silva succeeded in his pro boxing debut Saturday night in Hollywood, Florida.
Silva out-boxed Terry Roscoe in their four-round middleweight match, which Silva won by unanimous decision. All three judges scored Silva a 39-36 winner.
The left-handed Silva’s victory was the first fight on the Evander Holyfield-Vitor Belfort undercard at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino.
Silva, a former kickboxer who is not related to former UFC star Anderson Silva, was the busier, more accurate fighter throughout their bout. Roscoe, of Albany, Georgia, fell to 2-6 (0 KOs).
Silva landed several flush punches during the fourth and final round, but he couldn’t finish off Roscoe, who was dropped during the third round.
Silva’s left to the body landed with just over 50 seconds to go in the fourth round. He followed it with a left hand to Roscoe’s head a few seconds later.
Silva added two straight left hands in a three-second span late in the fourth round.
Silva’s swift right hook dropped Roscoe 39 seconds into the third round. Roscoe reached his feet quickly, though, and made the remainder of the round reasonably competitive.
Silva went to the canvas with 1:52 to go in the second round, but Roscoe pushed him down. Roscoe connected with a short right inside that got Silva’s attention with 30 seconds to go in the second round.
Silva landed a right-left combination that backed Roscoe into the ropes with 1:10 to go in the opening round.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.