With his father shouting from ringside for him to move and stick the jab, Aaron Pryor Jr. scored a sixth-round technical knockout over Willis Lockett of Takoma Park, Md., before a small crowd yesterday afternoon at the Hyatt on Penn's Landing.
The younger Pryor, a super middleweight from Cincinnati who stands 6-foot-4, used his long reach and busy hands to pepper Lockett with shots during the opening rounds. He hurt Lockett at the end of Round 5 and spent the next round banging his jab down toward the 5-9 Lockett, who expended his gas tank ducking and holding. Referee Benjy Esteves stopped the fight with Lockett on his stool before Round 7.
"I knew it was coming," the younger Pryor said afterward. "I just had to keep up the pressure."
His Hall of Fame father approved.
"Once he gets it into his head that he's a big man and the jab is everything, he'll be fine," Pryor said.
Pryor Jr. improved to 13-2. Lockett is 12-10-5.
The undercard featured three local fighters in slugfests. Julio Cesar Matthews of Reading edged Garrett Wilson of Philadelphia in a bruising six-round cruiserweight bout. Wilson was floored in Round 1, but Matthews seemed nearly out on his feet as the final bell rang, hanging on for the decision. Matthews now is 10-0; Wilson is 7-5.
Ridley Park's Kamarah Pasley floored Patrick Farrell (5-1) of Jersey City, N.J., in Round 1 of their cruiserweight bout en route to a four-round decision. Pasley is 5-4.
Heavyweight Andreas Gustafsson, an amateur champion from Sweden, moved to 5-0 with a Round 2 stoppage of Philadelphia's Pedro Martinez (5-3).