Shohjahon Ergashev defeated a five and a half-inch height advantage recording a unanimous decision victory over fellow undefeated prospect Mykal Fox in the 10-round super lightweight primary event of ShoBox: The New Generation Friday on SHOWTIME from the Kansas Star Casino.
With renowned coach Sugarhill Stewart yelling directions from his corner, the Detroit-based power-punching Ergashev (16-0, 14 KOs), by way of Fergana, Uzbekistan, failed to overcome the rangy 6-foot-4 Fox (19-1, 5 KOs) in a match up of 2 exciting undefeated prospects. The dozens were 98-92 and 96-94 twice.
“I didn’t even think it was a close fight,” said Ergashev, who was merely able to land two jabs the full fight missing more than just a hundred times. “also his head was low and He was clumsy. He was tall too and quite long, so it was hard to hit on on him. He asked him to conduct all fight and he did. ”
Ergashev failed associate on 29 percent of his power punches (66 for 225) when compared with Fox in 27 percent (41 for 153).
Ergashev said he was disappointed in his own performance. “I arrived at fight,” he explained. “I enjoy boxers who fight and stand. I’m a fighter. I like guys who let me showcase bang and my own abilities. He only ran round the ring. Struggle and I needed to sit . ”
Even the 23-year-old Fox of all Forest Hill, Md., one of the tallest fighters in the 140-pound division, said he agreed with one of those judges’ cards, but not the 2 98-92s. “I knew it was close, and thought maybe I did enough to win,” said Fox, who did a wonderful job slowing down the pace of the fight. “I think it was closer than 98-92. That I knew he was going to be strong, although I took a few shots. ”
Fox became the 186th fighter to lose their record on the prospect developmental string.
Fox, who had his dad Troy and brother along with fellow expert boxer middleweight Alantez in his own corner, became the ninth fighter at ShoBox history to have a brother who also fought on ShoBox linking brother duos such as Jermall along with Jermell Charlo, Andre along with Anthony Dirrell along with Glenn and Nonito Donaire.
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Fighting for its very first time from the States, the WBO No. 4-ranked Ward of West Rainton, England, felt a fourth-round knock down and took the 10-round super bantamweight fight easily against Fort Worth’s Hernandez. The dozens were 98-90 and 100-89, 99-90.
“I came to America and fought with home fighter and won quite smoothly, I even got a knock down,” the 24-year-old Ward said. “that I was assumed to be the boxer and He was assumed to be the puncher. A good deal of folks think I can’t punch they get over-confident and have clipped. They realize that I could punch. Look compared to mine. This may tell you something. ”
Ward started strong, and did actually get better as the fight went on. “He’s been around the gas by the opening bell, and he hasn’t gotten it off,” said International Boxing Hall of Famer and ShoBox play by play commentator Barry Tompkins at the final minutes of the 10th and final round.
Ward exceeded double-digit connects in most round and topped 30 in five of the final six rounds while still Hernandez reached double digits just three times.
It turned out to be a clean left hook that sent Hernandez into the canvas at the final moments of the fourth round. Ward controlled the center of the fight and landed persistent three-punch combinations against Hernandez, who by the end of around six was warned by referee Bill Clancy he was carrying plenty of punishment and had showing him something he would stop the fight. On peak of the ninth, the Army still concerned with Hernandez not enough activity, called a doctor and asked yet again the very same question. The doctor cleared Hernandez to continue.
Hernandez said he believed Ward’SPower, and was impressed. “But all the charge . A knock down is a knock down. ”
“I always wanted a great fight to flaunt my abilities and I’damn glad individuals on ShoBox got to see it. ”
Farhood interviewed undefeated world champion Claressa Shields before the event. Shields and fellow undefeated champion Christina Hammer will fulfill Saturday, April 1-3 survive SHOWTIME to crown the women’s undisputed 160-pound world champion.
Friday’Salita Promotions promoted s coNFLicts. The full telecast will replay on Monday, February 18 in 10 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME EXTREME and will likely be on SHOWTIME ANYTIME® and SHOWTIME on-demand ®.
The executive producer was Gordon Hall with Richard Gaughan producing and Rick Phillips leading.