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In the Jr. Welterweight division, undefeated prospect Shohjahon Ergashev scored a fourth round stoppage of a”Game “ Abdiel Ramirez. Ergashev scored a controversial knockdown of Ramirez in round two when after landing a left hand to the head, he grabbed him with both gloves and shoved him down to the canvas. Ramirez did his best to hang in there, but the punishment of Ergashev was simply too much to overcome and the fight was stopped at two minutes of round four. Shohjahon Ergashev advances to 17-0, with 15 Knockouts. Abdiel Ramirez falls to 24-5-1, with 22 Knockouts.
In the Jr. Featherweight division, undefeated prospect Arnold Khegai scored an eight round unanimous decision over Vladimir Tikhonov. Khegai consistently forced the action throughout and outworked Tikonov over the eight round bout. Although the fight was competitive, Tikhonov had trouble putting more than one punch at a time together with his offense. This allowed Khegai to get the decision victory. Official scores were :80-72 (On all three scorecards)for Khegai. Arnold Khegai advances to 16-0-1, with 10 Knockouts. Vladimir Tikhonov falls to 17-2, with 10 Knockouts.
Undefeated Welterweight Jaron Ennis scored a first round stoppage of Franklin Mamani. Mamani did not continue after the conclusion of the first round. Jaron Ennis advances to 23-0, with 21 Knockouts. Franklin Mamani falls to 23-6-1, 13 Knockouts.
Undefeated Jr. Welterweight Brandun Lee needed only thirty seconds in the first round to stop Francisco Medel. Lee scored two knockdowns of Medel before the fight was stopped. Brandun Lee advances to 15-0, with 13 Knockouts. Francisco Medel falls to 13-21, with 8 Knockouts.
It will be interesting to see where the fighters who scored victories on this card will go next. While Showtime’s ShoBox series has served as a platform for several fighters who have gone on to be world champions in its near two decade history, the series serves a more important role in providing exposure for up and coming young fighters as they hone their skills. On this particular edition, the standout performance in my eyes belonged to Vladimir Shishkin. While DeAndre Ware was able to hang in there against the unbeaten Shishkin for close to eight full rounds, I was particularly impressed with how Shishkin kept his composure throughout this fight and seemed to take the approach of not looking for a knockout, but allowing one to develop by gradually breaking his opponent down.
With only nine professional fights in his career thus far, it’s hard to say Shishkin might be ready for a step up. He did show however, that he has glimpses of potential and with a little more seasoning, he may be in the discussion of contenders in the 168lb. Super-Middleweight division in the not too distant future.
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