Shabranskyy stops Riojas in 3
A sold out crowd packed the Belasco Theatre in downtown Los Angeles as Golden Boy Promotions ‘LA Fight Club’ series brought a night of knockouts on a hot August night.
Estrella TV televised the night’s proceedings as Vyacheslav Shabranskyy blasted out opponent Oscar Riojas in the third round via lead right hand. Roijas was able to get to his feet but the Ukraine native threw a few more punches as referee Raul Caiz stepped in to halt the match at 1:43.
The Los Angeles resident remained undefeated and moves on to bigger things in the light heavyweight division.
“In the first round, I wanted to feel him out, find out what he had as a fighter. By the second round I started to expose his weaknesses and knew that I could finish the fight early, and that was what my corner was telling me to do,” said Shabranskyy.
“I try to make sure I listen to my corner as they can see things that I can’t. Luckily we were able to finish the fight early and I am looking forward to the next fight.”
Riojas was distraught in his showing in the night’s main event.
“I feel really disappointed–this fight was not how I expected it to go,” said Riojas.
“The knockout caught me by surprise and there was nothing I could do. I feel really disappointed about how this ended but everyone can definitely expect me back in the ring soon again.”
Ivan Delgado weathered through a swollen right eye and logged a few tough rounds against opponent Alejandro Ochoa in the night’s co-main event.
Delgado, (10-0-1, 3KO) scored a knockdown early but found a game opponent in Ochoa, who kept coming forward throughout the contest even as Delgado was landing the more meaningful punches. The native of Los Angeles stopped Ochoa with three unanswered left hands at 1:42 of the seventh. Referee Lout Moret waived off the bout automatically even before Ochoa hit the canvas.
“I kept going really hard throughout all the rounds, and I knew I would eventually get the knockout because I hurt him early on by knocking him down,” said Delgado. “I never got frustrated because I knew I had to keep my cool and land my punches so I didn’t get sloppy—that’s how I was able to successfully capture the knockout.”
Santa Ana, California’s Alexis Rocha scored a knockdown with a left hand bomb in the first frame and stopped opponent Israel Villela with a flurry against the ropes for a 1:18 first round TKO to up his record to 4-0 with 3KO.
“I always prepare for every fight with the same intensity and this fight was not the exception,” said Alexis Rocha. “I thought he was going to rush me in the first round so I made sure to stay focused and aggressive. Once I had him down I knew I had to apply smart pressure to win this fight. I am glad I was able to finish it early and secure another victory
A flurry of punches felled Omar Garcia in the early moments of round one as Parral, Mexico’s Oscar Duarte kept his undefeated record intact with a sensational stoppage victory. Duarte (6-0-1, 2KO) hurt his opponent early and wasted no time in dropping his opponent and notching a TKO via referee stoppage. Duarte is trained by Joel Diaz.
“I feel so blessed to have another victory under my belt,” said Duarte, “My game plan was to enter the ring calmly, and relaxed. I knew I could get the knock out when I felt like I hurt him with my body punch. I am going to keep up the discipline that I have, and turn that into more results like this.”
The night started off with a knockout at 1:36 in the second round as David Mijares reigned down with left hands and body shots that opponent Joreel Sparenberg could not handle. Mijares fights hails from Santa Monica, California and is undefeated in three pro contests with two knockouts on his ledger.
“It feels so great to have a dramatic victory in front of my hometown crowd. I feel like I put on a great show for all the fans supporting me tonight. There are still some things I need to work on, particularly taking my time and exercising my patience in the ring, but I am just very excited about my victory tonight. I am ready for the next fight.”
About Raymundo Dioses
A life-long fan with a former boxer's namesake. Professional boxing writer on the beat since 2007.
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