Undefeated North American Boxing Association (NABA) Jr. Featherweight champion and current WBA number six rated contender Oleh Dovhun scored a hard fought ten round split decision over Geram Eloyan on Friday night at the Paramount Theatre in Huntington, NY. A very physically grueling fight that saw a lot of holding and grappling on the inside between the two fighters, Dovhun’s cleaner offense and greater activity were ultimately the story of the fight. The Ukrainian-born Dovhun was tested however, as Eloyan landed hard punches periodically throughout the bout. Both fighters were cut in the fifth round of the fight due to an accidental clash of heads, but neither fighter’s respective cuts were a factor in the outcome as both were able to go the distance. Official scores were: 96-94 (On two scorecards split between the two fighters), and 97-93 in favor of Oleh Dovhun. Oleh Dovhun advances to 14-0, with 5 Knockouts. Geram Eloyan falls to 7-3, with 6 Knockouts.
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A battle for the American Boxing Organization (ABO) North American Jr. Middleweight championship saw unbeaten Tyrone James score a fourth round stoppage of veteran Jimmy Williams to win the title. A methodically paced fight that was primarily fought on the inside where both fighters seemed to have trouble establishing the tempo of combat, James connected suddenly with a right hand to the head that sent Williams against the ropes in the fourth round. James pressed forward and unleashed a barrage of unanswered punches that forced the fight to be stopped. Official time of the stoppage was 2:34 of round four. Tyrone James advances to 12-0, with 9 Knockouts. Jimmy Williams falls to 18-7-2, with 6 Knockouts.
In a clash of unbeaten Light-Heavyweights Kamron Humphrey scored a second round stoppage of previously undefeated Louis Maietta. After a competitive first round between the two, things changed suddenly in the second round when Humphrey staggered Maietta with a right hand to the head. Maietta tried to smother Humphrey, but moments later would be caught with a short left hook to the jaw that sent him down. Humphrey sensing his opponent, who got up on wobbly legs, was compromised, he pressed forward and after a follow-up barrage was able to force the stoppage of the fight. Official time of the stoppage was 1:32 of round two. Kamron Humphrey advances to 3-0, with 2 Knockouts. Louis Maietta falls to 1-1-1, with 0 Knockouts.
Undefeated Jr. Middleweight Isaah Flaherty scored a four round unanimous decision over Angelo Thompson. Flaherty consistently pressed the action by applying pressure trying to walk Thompson down and landing combinations to earn a convincing decision victory. Official scores were: 40-36, 39-37, and 40-36 in favor of Isaah Flaherty. Isaah Flaherty advances to 3-0, with 1 Knockout. Angelo Thompson falls to 0-2, with 0 Knockouts.
Also in the Jr. Middleweight division, Wendy Toussaint began the evening by scoring a first round knockout of Travis Gambardella. Toussaint began at a measured pace, but when he connected and stunned Gambardella with an overhand right, he unleashed a barrage of overhand rights that essentially hammered Gambardella to the canvas as the bout was stopped. Official time of the stoppage was 1:48 of round one. Wendy Toussaint advances to 13-1, with 6 Knockouts. Travis Gambardella falls to 7-2-2, with 3 Knockouts.
This card, which was promoted by promoter Joe DeGuardia’s Star Boxing as part of it’s Rockin’ Fights series, featured a fighter in Oleh Dovhun, who could well be on the verge of a world championship fight perhaps by the end of 2022 in a talent-deep 122lb. Jr. Featherweight division. Although he was tested by a very “Game” Geram Eloyan, he did what he had to do in getting a victory. A victory that will likely go a long way in his overall development as he had to fight not only a tough opponent who was in the fight from the opening bell, but also had to fight the effects of both a cut as well as fatigue due to the pace in which the fight was fought. Elements that many will point to if and when the opportunity to fight for a world championship comes in asking whether or not a fighter has been tested prior to getting that opportunity.
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