In a battle of undefeated Jr. Welterweight prospects Houston, TX-based prospect Regis Prograis scored a dominant eighth round stoppage over previously unbeaten Arizona-based prospect Abel Ramos on Friday night at the Bayou Events Center in Houston, TX. Prograis was in command from the opening bell controlling the tempo of the fight with his jab and using faints and lateral movement to not allow Ramos much room to execute his offense.
As the fight progressed Prograis gradually stepped up his aggression mixing in combinations and keeping Ramos on the defensive. Prograis opened a cut over the left eye of Ramos in round five, but an accidental clash of heads opened a cut on Ramos’ head in the same round bled significantly. Although Ramos was very “Game” in this fight he simply had no answer to counteract Prograis’ elusive Boxing style or his hand speed. Ramos gradually began to take a beating as the fight entered the middle rounds. With the fight being one-sided in Prograis’ favor and with Ramos showing the effects of the punishment dished out by Prograis, the fight was stopped at the end of round eight.
Regis Prograis advances to 16-0, with 13 Knockouts. Abel Ramos falls to 14-1-2, with 9 Knockouts.
Also on this card, also in the Jr. Welterweight division rising prospect Ivan Baranchyk scored a first round knockout over Shadi Shawareb. A right hand followed by a left hook to the head sent Shawareb down to the canvas. The fight was immediately stopped by Referee Sam Garza. Official time of the stoppage was 2:28 of round one.
Ivan Baranchyk advances to 9-0, with 8 Knockouts. Shadi Shawareb falls to 9-1-2, with 5 Knockouts.
In the Lightweight division Dardan Zenunaj scored a seventh round stoppage over previously unbeaten prospect Bryant Cruz. The early rounds of this fight were largely controlled by Cruz and his ability to get his punches off first. Zenunaj however, would turn the momentum in his favor in round four when he dropped Cruz with a left hook to the jaw. Zenunaj took over the fight from that point landing the harder punches of the two and would drop Cruz for the second time with a right hand in the closing seconds of round seven. Although Cruz was able to beat the count and survive the round, the fight was stopped at the end of round seven by Cruz’ trainer Ronnie Shields.
Dardan Zenunaj advances to 11-1, with 9 Knockouts. Bryant Cruz falls to 16-1, with 8 Knockouts.
In a Middleweight bout undefeated prospect Steve Rolls scored a fourth round stoppage over previously unbeaten Steed Woodall. Rolls was dropped by a left hand in round three, but it appeared to be more of a slip rather than a knockdown. Despite a knockdown going against him, Rolls would bring the fight to a conclusion in round four when a right hand from Rolls set off a brutal barrage of unanswered punches forcing Referee Laurence Cole to step in and stop the fight. Official time of the stoppage was 2:46 of round four.
Steve Rolls advances to 13-0, with 7 Knockouts. Steed Woodall falls to 8-1-1, with 5 Knockouts.
Overall this card was fitting for Showtime Sports’ popular ShoBox series and provided a look at some prospects that could well be on the verge of contention as 2016 approaches. It also featured an upset of sorts with relative unknown Dardan Zenunaj scoring what should be considered his biggest victory to date over Bryant Cruz in what was an impressive performance. As 2016 nears it will be interesting to see if Regis Prograis, Ivan Baranchyk, Dardan Zenunaj, and Steve Rolls can make the transition from prospect to contender or beyond. In the eyes of this observer all four fighters have made strong arguments for themselves as fighters to watch in 2016 and if each can continue to progress this card may well have given Boxing fans a look at fighters who just may go on to be key players in the sport in the future.
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