Thompson, Gasparyan, Skorohod , Adams win Boxcino bouts
- Updated: February 14, 2015
The junior middleweight portion of the Boxcino 2015 tournament took place on Friday night’s ESPN Friday Night Fights telecast from the Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut.
In the opening bout, Stanyslav Skorohod (9-0, 7 KOs) looked like one of the favorites, as he pounded out a fourth round TKO over Michael Moore (13-1, 6 KOs) in impressive fashion. Skorohod consistently landed the harder and cleaner blows, using short hooks and stiff rights to hurt Moore in the second round. In the third, Skorohod scored a knockdown with a right hand, and then another one in the fourth round. After the second knockdown, Moore ate a right hand that sent his eyes into his head, prompting a stoppage from referee Michael Ortega.
In one of the best stories of the night, late substitute John Thompson (15-1, 4 KOs) who was filling in for Cleotis Pendarvis (who failed to make weight), dominated Ricardo Pinell (10-2-1, 6 KOs) over six rounds to win a unanimous decision. Thompson used his long range to keep Pinell at the end of his punches, while mixing in jabs and straight right hands. Pinell attempted to engage Thompson, but continuously followed him around the ring, unable to land his combinations. Scores were 60-54 from all three judges.
Also in action was Vito Gasparyan (16-3-5, 8 KOs) who outpointed Simeon Hardy (13-1, 10 KOs) with scores of 58-56, 60-54 and 59-55.
In the final Boxcino bout of the evening, Brandon Adams (16-1, 11 KOs), who was a finalist in the 2014 edition of the tournament in the middleweight division, came down in weight to dominate and ultimately knock out Alex Perez (18-2, 10 KOs) in the fifth round.
As it stands, Adams will now face Gasparyan, while Skorohod takes on Thompson in the semifinals, which take place on April 3.