In a battle of undefeated Welterweight prospects, Janelson Figueroa Bocachica scored a hard-fought ten round majority decision over previously unbeaten Mark Reyes Jr. on Wednesday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, CT. The bout, which was the main event of the latest edition of Showtime Sports’ popular ShoBox: The New Generation series saw both men willing to exchange heavy punches from the outset. While it appeared for a time that it was unlikely that the fight would go the distance due to the pace and blows each fighter landed, the reality became that it was a closely fought battle where neither man was able to sustain momentum for significant periods of time. Both however, were able to have their share of moments in landing hard hooks on each other throughout.
Perhaps a sign of each fighter’s frustration began to show as the fight progressed as the two men periodically exchanged words and both were warned periodically for questionable tactics by Referee Danny Schiavone. What was a competitive fight from start to finish saw Figueroa Bocachica get the nod of two of three official judges making him the winner by majority decision. Official scores were: 95-95, (Even), and 97-93, 96-94 in favor of Figueroa Bocachica. Janelson Figueroa Bocachica advances to 17-0, with 11 Knockouts. Mark Reyes Jr. falls to 14-1, with 12 Knockouts.
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Unbeaten Super-Middleweight prospect Vladimir Shishkin scored a workmanlike ten round unanimous decision over Sena Agbeko. Despite being cut above the right eye in the second round from a right hand from Agbeko, Shishkin consistently forced the action over the ten round bout, consistently had Agbeko backing up, and did not seem affected by Agbeko’s punches excluding the cut that gradually worsened as the fight progressed, but ultimately did not become a factor in the outcome of the fight. Official scores were: 98-92, and 100-90 (On two scorecards) in favor of Shishkin. Vladimir Shishkin advances to 12-0, with 7 Knockouts. Sena Agbeko falls to 23-2, with 18 Knockouts.
Lightweight Abraham Montoya scored a hard fought eight round majority decision over previously undefeated Alejandro Guerrero. In a fight fought at an extremely high pace from start to finish. Montoya pounded out the decision victory throwing over one thousand total punches in the eight round bout that saw plenty of back and forth action with Montoya outworking Guerrero as the fight progressed. Official scores were 76-76 (Even), and 79-73, 77-75 in favor of Montoya. Abraham Montoya advances to 20-2-1, with 14 Knockouts. Alejandro Guerrero falls to 12-1, with 9 Knockouts.
Unbeaten Super-Middleweight prospect Timur Kerefov scored a first round knockout of previously undefeated Fernando Farias. A hook to the body brought an end to the fight at 2:32 of round one. Timur Kerefov advances to 10-0, with 5 Knockouts. Fernando Farias falls to 10-1-2, with 4 Knockouts.
Overall, this edition of ShoBox, which was promoted by Salita Promotions left a bit of unanswered questions in two of the four bouts as one might argue that both the Montoya-Guerrero and Figueroa Bocachica-Reyes bouts could have gone either way and both bouts are likely to see rematches at some point due to how competitive each fight was. Two fights that will join the long list of competitive battles to have aired throughout the twenty-year history of the ShoBox: The New Generation series and it would not surprise this observer to see the potential rematches showcased on a future installment of the series.
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