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Brant scores brutal KO of Perez

Photos: Esther Lin / Showtime

Photos: Esther Lin / Showtime

In the ShoBox main event on Saturday night, Rob Brant (19-0, 12 KOs) added another KO of the Year candidate to 2016, as he knocked out Decarlo Perez (15-4-1, 5 KOs) with a single right that nearly sent him out of the ring.

Headlining the card at the Casino Del Sol in Tucson, Ariz., Brant had dominant first round, nearly throwing 100 punches, with the second round being similar in output.  Then in the third, Brant landed a straight right hand that had Perez out on his feet, as his limp body fell bac and then bounced off the middle rope, bending him backward, before flopping down to the canvas.

“The game plan was to be aggressive,” Brant said. “We knew we wanted to show him our power early and make him respect us right away. When I caught him with the right on the temple in the third I knew we had him. And then when I connected in the fourth it was lights out, game over. I just want to get back in the ring as soon as possible and continue making progress.”

In the co-feature, heavyweight Jarrell Miller (16-0-1, 14 KOs) dominated Donovan Dennis (14-4, 11 KOs) en route to a seventh-round TKO.

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Miller floored Dennis twice in the fight, though to his credit, Dennis managed to box well midway through the fight.  However, Miller’s punching power was too much for Dennis to handle and ultimately succumbed in the seventh.

“I had him out in the first round, but I threw my shoulder out throwing a left hook,” Miller said. “I was looking for the knockout so bad he started catching me with some shots. So then I decided to box a little bit and that’s what I did until the knockout came.

In the opening bout Bakhtiyar Eyubov (10-0, 10 KOs) remained unbeaten with a third-round destruction of Jared Robinson (17-3-1, 17 KOs).


Eyubov was simply too heavy handed for Robinson, who was on shaky legs every time Eyubov connected flush. The Kazakhstan native floored Robinson once in the first round and then again in the third, before finishing him off moments later.

“Was I surprised at how easy it was? No, I can’t believe he made it to round three,” Eyubov said. “The ref should have stopped it earlier. I am much smarter than I was before. I expect more of myself now. It was another step forward and I promise everyone all my fights will be like that. I am like (Arturo) Gatti.

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