LAS VEGAS — Thomas Hearns may talk like a 35-year-old and walk like a 35-year-old, but for one, skull-jarring round Saturday night, he revisited the knockout glory of his prime in the night's main undercard bout.
Emerging from a 1 1/2-year layoff and surgery on his right hand, Hearns lashed Andrew Maynard with hard right hands before a looping right to the side of his head put Maynard down for the 10-count. The knockout came at 2:34 of the first round.
Hearns (51-4-1, 41 knockouts) is trying for an unprecedented sixth world championship, this time as a cruiserweight. He hadn't recorded a knockout in a major appearance in almost five years after being known as one of boxing's most devastating hitters.
Hearns staggered Maynard, a 1988 Olympic gold medalist whose pro career has been disappointing, in the first minute with a straight right followed by another. A minute later, Hearns scored the knockout, catching Maynard as he was twisting away.