Sergiy Derevyanchenko vs. Sam Soliman
PBC on ESPN
By Alex Pierpaoli
In the Main Event, Sergiy Derevyanchenko 159lbs of Brooklyn, NY stopped Sam Soliman 159lbs of Melbourne, Australia in two one-sided rounds. Derevyanchenko made short work of the gangly and awkward Sam Soliman, dropping him twice, once in the first and once in the second before putting him flat on his back from a monster right hand. Derevyanchenko improves to 9-0 (7) while Sam Soliman falls to 44-14 (18).
In the opening bout of the night, Christopher Davis-Fogg, 158lbs, of Framingham, MA, made a successful pro debut with a quick stoppage of Jeff Anderson 158lbs of Lincoln, RI. Davis-Fogg pelted Anderson with speedy hard punches from the opening bell and followed up well when he stung Anderson with a right in a neutral corner. Davis-Fogg connected repeatedly while Anderson offered no resistance prompting Referee Johnny Callas to halt the action at 1:24 of the first. Anderson dropped to 0-2.
Alantez Fox, 162lbs, of Forestville, MD stopped Paul Valenzuela Jr 163lbs of Santa Rosalia, MEX after 6 rounds. Fox thumped away at the head and body of Valenzuela Jr, hurting him briefly in round two with a straight right hand blast. Valenzuela was game throughout, scoring well at times with short punches especially the uppercut, but as the rounds wore on the taller, longer Fox did more and more damage. In victory Alantez Fox improves to 20-0-1 (9) while Valenzuela falles to 17-4 (11).
Mykquan Williams 142lbs, of East Hartford, CT went the four round distance for the first time in his pro career against Isaac Johnson 143lbs. of Colorado Springs, CO. Johnson brought a lot of heart and busy hands from out West and tried his damnedest to put a wrinkle in the plans of the regional favorite. Williams countered better throughout, landing heavier on his aggressive opponent. Williams' left hook was especially effective in securing the decision in his favor. After four the judges were all in agreement at 40-36 x 3. Williams improved to 3-0 (2) while Johnson heads back to Colorado at 2-4.
In the ESPN opener, Ievgen Kytrov 159lbs of Brooklyn, NY stopped Paul Mendez, 160lbs, of Delano CA, after nine one-sided but entertaining rounds. Khytrov's heavy hands were far more accurate against the remarkably durable Mendez, whose defense consisted of mostly just pure toughness. After a punishing 8th it looked as though the ringside physician would convince Mendez' corner to halt things before the ninth but no luck. Referee Joey Lupino waved off the bout at 1:20 of the ninth with Khytrov slamming rights into the side of Mendez' head. With the victory Khytrov improves to 14-0 (12) while Paul Mendez drops to 19-3-2 (9).
In the final but most competitive bout of the evening, Shelly Vincent, 126lbs, of Providence RI, held off Christina Ruiz, 123lbs, of San Antonio TX by majority decision. Ruiz landed the more meaningful, scoring blows throughout the bout but Vincent closed the gap with volume punching especially in the later rounds. Having met once previously in April of last year, it was apparent Ruiz showed up with every intention of handing Vincent her first loss in her own backyard. She almost did. At the end of eight one judge had it 76-76, overruled by the other two who both scored it 77-75 in favor of Vincent. With the win Vincent moves to 18-0 (1) while Ruiz returns to Texas with a moral victory at least and a record of 7-9 (4).
Southpaw Ivan Golub 149lbs, of Brooklyn, NY scored a one punch TKO over Ernesto Ortiz, 148lbs, of Cuernavaca, Mexico. Ortiz caught the worst of a low blow in round one and while reeling on the canvas and taking almost the entire five minutes allotted to recover from a foul, it seemed very clear Ortiz was out of his out of his depth versus Golub. In the second Golub pursued Ortiz into a corner and blasted him with a left that put him down hard prompting Ref. Johnny Callas to wave things off at 2:49 of the round. Golub improves to 12-0 (10) while Ortiz drops to 10-4 (7).