Undefeated Super-Middleweight prospect Vladimir Shishkin took another step towards world title contention by scoring a ninth round stoppage of veteran contender Oscar Riojas on Thursday night at the legendary Kronk Gym in Detroit, MI. Shishkin’s approach in this fight was systematic in that he applied pressure on Riojas, but used effective foot work to control distance and was gradually able to pick his shots. As the fight progressed, Shishkin was able to gradually put more pop on his punches to the head and body of Riojas. Although Riojas was very “Game “, did his best to hang in against the unbeaten prospect, and did occasionally land offense throughout, he was unable to turn the momentum in his favor and could not land anything to discourage Shishkin from coming forward or from being able to dictate the combat. In round nine a flush right hand to the head dropped Riojas. Riojas was able to beat the count, but Shishkin sensing his opponent was compromised pressed forward and with Riojas unable to intelligently defend himself, the fight was stopped. Official time of the stoppage was :48 of round nine. Vladimir Shishkin advances to 11-0, with 7 Knockouts. Oscar Riojas falls to 21-14-1, with 10 Knockouts.
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In the first of two Middleweight bouts on the card, in the first bout of the evening undefeated Marlon Harrington made short work of a debuting Ricardo Medina in the first round. Marlon Harrington Almost immediately put Medina down with a flush left hook to the head shortly after the opening bell. Harrington would go on to score two additional knockdowns of Medina with left hooks to the head before the fight was stopped. Official time of the stoppage was 1:02 of round one. Marlon Harrington advances to 2-0, with 2 Knockouts. Ricardo Medina falls to 0-1, with 0 Knockouts.
This would be followed by the co-main event of the evening where undefeated prospect Timur Kerefov scored an eight round unanimous decision over veteran Calvin Metcalf. In what was the United States debut for Kerefov, he was able to showcase lateral movement and execute his offense in crisp and compact fashion by throwing short combinations to the body and head throughout the eight round bout against the experienced and durable Metcalf that will likely help in his development as he looks to progress in his career. Official scores were 80-72 (On all three scorecards) in favor of Kerefov. Timur Kerefov advances to 9-0, with 4 Knockouts. Calvin Metcalf falls to 10-5-1, with 3 Knockouts.
Heavyweight Jeremiah Milton successfully made his professional debut by scoring a first round knockout of Dennis Vance. A right hand to the temple sent Vance down in an awkward fashion and Vance was unable to beat the ten count. Official time was 1:15 of round one. Jeremiah Milton advances to 1-0, with 1 Knockout. Dennis Vance falls to 1-2, with 1 Knockout.
In a bout between debuting Welterweights, Morris Young scored a second round stoppage of Jader Alves de Oliveira. Young was in control from the opening bell, despite facing an extremely unorthodox opponent. Young was able to pick his spots and after battering Alves de Oliveira with several body punches, the fight was stopped in the second round. Official time of the stoppage was 1:59 of round two. Morris Young advances to 1-0, with 1 Knockout. Jader Alves de Oliveira falls to 0-1, with 0 Knockouts.
In the Women’s Cruiserweight division, Danielle Perkins successfully made her professional debut by out working previously undefeated Monika Harrison over four rounds to earn a four round unanimous decision. Official scores were: 40-35 (On all three scorecards) in favor of Perkins. Danielle Perkins advances to 1-0, with 0 Knockouts. Monika Harrison falls to 2-1-1, with 1 Knockout.
This card featured a look at the new generation of fighters that are honing their craft in the legendary Kronk Gym in Detroit. A venue rich in Boxing history as a place who’s stable of fighters have dominated the sport over many decades. The Kronk Gym will always be associated with the legacy of the late great Hall of Fame trainer Emanuel Steward. This event, which was promoted by Salita Promotions and broadcast globally on the UFC Fight Pass digital streaming network, was the first professional Boxing card to take place in the Kronk Gym was as good an illustration as any that Steward’s legacy lives on and with the leadership of Steward’s nephew Sugar Hill, there is no doubt that the Kronk Gym will continue to produce top contenders and world champions for many years to come.
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